There was a time when people didn't instinctively love books. Let that sink in for a minute.
It was a terrible time, before electricity and sliced bread and romantic marriages. Apparently attitudes toward reading — from practical to passionate — shifted in the century from 1750 to 1850. Joshua Rothman wrote about this phenomenon in The New Yorker recently, explaining that poetry, for example, used to be a tool for impressing others. People didn't actually love it.
My, how things have changed.
Today readers are not just readers — they're also collectors, creators and remixers. Fan fic, anyone? Heck, there are even blogs devoted to books. Rothman writes that the digital age is giving people more stories to love and more ways to love them. How else can we explain so much of what's on Tumblr?
I've loved reading as long as I can remember. Collecting books was less important to me — I always enjoyed borrowing from the library — but I'm recently appreciating that more too. And, as you may have noticed, I have a little blog that chronicles my passion for reading. I guess Rothman was writing about people like me.
How do you express your book love?
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