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Kids Are All Right, Like E-books

September 19, 2012 | by

  • Onscreen writers “can be cynical hacks, genre stars or dislocated sportswriters. In romantic comedies, the writer is often a witty Lothario or a good-natured wimp. Either way, the profession’s primary function is to provide the character with plenty of free time.”
  • Jane Austen can stimulate brain function. Presumably, so can other authors.
  • “I am posting this for people who have Kindles, are in the U.S., and might want to get this. I am not posting this for people to tell me that they hate Kindles, hate all e-books, or are grumpy because they do not live in a country where they can download this.” Neil Gaiman makes a PA on Facebook.
  • You know who loves e-books? Kids.
  • As for the old-fashioned, paper kind, well, nowadays they’re less “reading material” and more “business cards.”



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    1. Meaghan Walsh Gerard (@cineastesview) | September 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I find that the books we carry with us (I don’t leave home without one) are also like calling cards. They signal the sort of person we are — our interests, even our darker side perhaps.

    2. Sadie Stein | September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Meaghan, I so agree – for good and ill! Hence I’d guess some of the popularity of the e-reader…and Cover Spy and its ilk justify our paranoia!

    3. David | September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Love your work. But “alright” is all wrong. It should be “all right.”

    4. Sadie Stein | September 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Brian Garner asserts that the slang form “may be gaining a shadowy acceptance in British English.” And I lurk in the shadows of British English.

    5. Joe | September 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      When I see someone on the bus or subway reading a book (and this is becoming more and more rare), I feel a small inner detonation and an immediate desire to know what they are reading. This never happens when I see someone staring at an e-reader.

    6. EBS | September 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Kids are “alright”? Don’t you mean, kids are “all right”?

    7. Film and Business Law London-Paris | September 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Interestingly It is e-book authors who complain the most on plagarism! Oh the good old days, with a weighty leather tome in one’s hand, an ill fitting pair of glasses and a pencil to mark one’s favourite passages.

    8. Gail Kent | September 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

      what is the source of the beautiful illustration?

    9. Margrete Lamond | September 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      As I skim through various conversations like this one, I note two things: one is that those who espouse the e-reader are fairly universally scathing when it comes to describing those who do not espouse them, while the reverse is rarely true. The second is that the recurring reasons people give for espousing e-readers are economy and ease. There is no real reason to lambast those remaining few of us who value things other than economy and ease, is there? It should perhaps also be noted that recent studies have shown that humans have five senses, and that they learn / remember best when all five senses are actively engaged. Senusalists will agree that the size, weight, texture, materials and smell of a book, not to mention its complex three-dimensionalty, are all fundamental to its full enjoyment. Go for it, Kindle evangelists, and have your plastic fun. Personally, I prefer my reading to be more varied and sensual.

    10. Jill | January 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I am surprised to see such an obvious error on an article title from such a fine publication as The Paris Review. As several people gave already noted, there us no such word as “alright.” It is two words–“all right.” Plus, seeing as I’m writing this on New Year’s Day, 2014, and the error hadn’t even been corrected over a year after it was written, I have to wonder if The Paris Review even “reviews” the comments on its articles. Are readers being “picky” for demanding correct spelling from what us supposed to be one if the finest literary journals? Absolutely not. It is an embarrassment.

    11. Jill | January 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I apologize for the above typo–“us” should be “is.” I am positive, however, that “Alright” was not a typo.

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