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Marco Masoni, Dec. 15, 2011

Sad news…

I like this line:

Mr. Whitman had variously called himself a communist, a utopian and a humanist. But he may have also been a romantic himself, at least concerning his life’s work. “I may disappear leaving behind me no worldly possessions — just a few old socks and love letters, “ he wrote in his last years. Paraphrasing a line from Yeats, he added, “and my little Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/books/george-whitman-paris-bookseller-and-cultural-beacon-is-dead-at-98.html
Marco Masoni
Comments (2)
  • srini n srini n Dec. 15, 2011
    'As Mr. Whitman put it, “I wanted a bookstore because the book business is the business of life.” '

    The book reading habit is on the wane in life. It is becoming even less of a business.

    RIP Whitman!
    Like Helen Keller said death may be just moving into another room…
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 15, 2011
    Hopefully, in the case of Shakespeare & Co., his daughter, Sylvia Whitman, will carry the torch. It seems like she will (http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/21/world/la-fg-france-bookstore-20110422) but only time will tell, for sure.

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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Lindsey M -USA, Nov. 17, 2011

Although there is some debate, many people say that reading books on an ereader is greener than reading actual print copies. Even so, one thing that is definitely “off the table” for me is reading paper books. I love to read, and there is something about the way it feels to crack open a new book, to hold it and turn it’s pages, that can never be replaced by an ereader. I’m very sentimental about these things; however, if you’re not, using an ereader would be a great way to help the environment. Below is a link that discusses the benefits of an ereader versus print books.

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/are-e-books-environmental-choice
Lindsey M -USA
Comments (3)
  • Ashley M- USA Ashley M- USA Nov. 17, 2011
    I agree with you completely!!!! Everyone now has a Kindle or a Nook. I don't think this will ever be the real reading experience becuase it isn't a real book. Turning the pages on a touchscreen tablet is nothing like turning the page in a real book. Ereaders are cool and all, but nothing like the real thing.
  • Juliana G-USA Juliana G-USA Nov. 17, 2011
    I agree with you Lindsey. The Kindle does not have the same experience as a book. If you wanted to reread a passage, it would require a bit more effort then just flipping through the pages. The Kindle also has to be charged, and if you charge it all day it would be just like buying a brand new book.
  • Alex A-USA Alex A-USA Nov. 24, 2011
    I completely agree. As an avid reader myself, it just doesn't feel the same to not turn the pages of a book manually. Many people have diverse opinions on this, as you will see in the comments on the link I attached. Perhaps there can and will be an equal balance between the Ereader and the normal book.
    http://dailycollegian.com/2010/09/19/nook-vs-book/

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Marco Masoni, Sept. 11, 2011

Here’s the grandaddy of them all, Shakespeare & Company, located in the heart of Paris. It even has its own sleeping quarters!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fransall/6057015208/in/pool-301281@N25/
Marco Masoni
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  • Bert Breton Bert Breton Sept. 12, 2011
    Ernest Hemingway use to have an “account” at this beautiful book shop that allowed him to take books out on loan while paying just a few cents per week. This was back in his “struggling writer” days in Paris. His apartment was a 15 min walk away. I love this place! The flagship indie bookstore on planet earth!
  • Megan McCausland Megan McCausland Oct. 21, 2011
    ahhh, what a treasure that place is…

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