Is a Book Anything More Than a Story Container?

stock-photo-3573166-computer-mouse-and-bookThe Paris Review Daily recently posted an essay by Casey N. Cep that combines a description of his visit to Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore with Cep’s reflections about why he treasures his books and the shelves his grandfather built to hold them.

The essay is interesting in its own right, but the readers’ comments are even more so.

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“Why I Hate Audiobooks”

Tim Patrick, aka The Well-Read Man, explains why he prefers putting books into his brain via his eyeballs than via his eardrums.

Incidentally, The Well-Read Man’s raison d’etre is Tim’s determination to begin, on July 1, 2011, a year-long project of reading (vs. listening to) Fifty of the Most Important Books Ever Published – and to tell us about it/them. He’s spending his time before July winnowing down to a final 50 the 1,000+ titles that one authority or the other has decreed as Extremely Important. For those of you who’d like to follow along with Tim’s progress on this commendable project, we’ve added a link to The Well-Read Man to the blogroll of the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog.

Found via Baby Got Books