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Mar. 9th, 2005

I just stumbled across this really cool quote by Neil Gaiman that echoes some of my feelings about books:

“I still love the book-ness of books, the smell of books; I am a book fetishist -- books to me are the coolest and sexiest and most wonderful things there are. For an author, they're your headstone and your living monument: mine will allow me to lecture and entertain people long after I'm gone. Isaac Asimov put it best when he pointed out that the book, especially the paperback book, is a perfectly designed thing. It does not need an on-and-off switch; it doesn't need power; it's comfortable to read -- black print on white paper, driven by sunlight, is terrifically efficient; it's a good size for putting down, and when you drop it you can find your place almost immediately. But I get deeply and genuinely pissed off that books weigh anything, and if I want to take them with me I have to load up a suitcase or the trunk of the car with them. Information weighs nothing!”


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Mar. 9th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
We should print books on sponge. Dry, they would weigh little and occupy little space. Want to read? Just dip the book in water, let it swell, and start in.
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