Monday, February 09, 2004

Gatsby in an age of Google

The texture of the pages versus the tap of the keys. Here's an excerpt of an article by J.P. Devine of Waterville, former free-lance columnist for the Los Angeles Times, that appears at

"They all seem to have better computers than I do and can Google faster than I. I see no passion for the book. They pack around school books, but they treat them like the enemy, carry them in big backpacks and dump them at the doors of wherever they arrive. They write in them, etch their initials and graffiti on the pages. They don't seem to see them as companions, friends or lovers, as I once did."

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