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Briefly

Brad @ Burning Man
Yesterday afternoon, I had a couple of minutes to kill, so I pulled one of my old favorite books down off of the shelf: Barbara Ninde Byfield, The Book of Weird, in trade paperback, from 1973.

Mistake.

It came apart in my hands, mostly. The pages are cracking, the binding is shot. Shame. It was a thing of beauty, both the pictures and the prose. I think I can either read it again, maybe one more time period, or I can keep it, but I can't do both.

Tonight, before bed, I glanced over at John Scalzi's blog, and saw that he, too, had permanence vs. impermanence of books on his mind, the last couple of days: a lovely meditation on the pointlessness of trying to "write for the ages," and then a follow-up in which he gently picks a fight with Jonathan Franzen on the "permanence" and "solidity" of paper books vs e-books.

Ars longa, vita brevis, my ass.

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siege
Jan. 31st, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I hope so! The planetary supply of lithium is running low because it's all going into batteries for portable electronics. At least recycle the batteries, darnit.
elizilla
Jan. 31st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
For a while, it got easier to recycle batteries, but more recently, it is getting harder again. Places to drop them off, are closing their doors and turning them away.


Edited at 2012-01-31 06:43 pm (UTC)
duskwuff
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
As of 2010, we're actually still using more lithium in glass/ceramic production than in batteries. [ref]

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