July 25, 2014
The Hidden Hand, or maybe The Portrait of a Lady, Little Woman, or Treasure Island. But then there is Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. And Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald and so many others.
eBooks are so convenient they are addictive, however, there is a soul-deep satisfaction in opening an old book that many hands have cradled and a heady thrill in cracking open and smelling the fresh pages of a brand new book. All forms allow the reader to partner with the author, suspending the reality of our time and space, to enter an alternate reality and enjoy the company of and share the tears, fears, and laughter of characters the reader will--by the last page--know more intimately than neighbors, friends, and family. An embarrassing portrait of hobby-turned-habit to simply say, "No preference."
I am an avid reader, wanting to meet others. Four things often surprise me; that I am still learning new things about myself, that I am living alone for the first time, that my "future delights" stack of books is so high, and that I am 64.