Cory Doctorow on society’s bibliophilia :
After years of writing and talking and thinking about books, Ive come to a simple but important realization: I love books. Not just reading them or owning themI have a deeply sentimental attachment to the very idea of the book.
And its not just me. Its social. Its across our entire society. If youre making a short film, and you want to illustrate a society thats falling into tyranny, you can just cut away to a scene of a pile of books burning, and everyone will know exactly what you meant. If you want to indicate that a character in a book is very sympathetic, and you mention how much she loves reading and going to the library, then your readers will immediately show sympathy for her. Books have this penumbra of virtues, they ooze virtue, and its long beyond anything rational or reasonable, because all of you who are people of the book know that there are many books that are absolutely unworthy of that virtue, and yetand yetwhen I worked in a bookstore and had to strip paperbacks to send them back, it was painful to tear the covers off of books. I can barely bring myself to recycle the phone book every year.
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