“There is a lot of talk in publishing these days that we need to become more like the Internet: We need to make books for short attention spans with bells and whistles — books, in short, that are as much like Angry Birds as possible. But I think that’s a terrible idea. (It’s also, it seems to me, Ray Bradbury’s nightmare.)
I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can. And that’s what we’re trying to do with the Nerdfighter Book Club.”
—John Green on why books beat any iPad app
As someone who came to be internet savvy (or savvier) through book fandoms, I’ve struggled to maintain balance between vapid consumerism and creative, contemplative thought. The latter is not always easy, but I completely agree with Mr. Green: it’s totally worth it.
Also, I am so glad to be re-reading Fahrenheit 451. I adored it in high school.
(Source: USA Today)@10 months ago with 2 notes
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