“The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you’re fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you’re reading a whole new book.”
(Staying Awake: Notes on the alleged decline of reading, Harper’s Magazine, February 2008)”―Ursula K. Le Guin
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA)
URSULA KROEBER LE GUIN; BORN OCTOBER 21, 1929 IS AN AMERICAN AUTHOR OF NOVELS, CHILDREN’S BOOKS, AND SHORT STORIES, MAINLY IN THE GENRES OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. SHE HAS ALSO WRITTEN POETRY AND ESSAYS. FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE 1960S, HER WORK HAS OFTEN DEPICTED FUTURISTIC OR IMAGINARY ALTERNATIVE WORLDS IN POLITICS, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, GENDER, RELIGION, SEXUALITY AND ETHNOGRAPHY.
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. His works such as Cat’s Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. Wikipedia
Ah, that blissful rush of adrenaline that we experience when we publish that first post! We can’t look away. There it is. Our first masterpiece, sitting smack dab on the computer screen in front of us. We linger in the afterglow.
But, we’re not alone. That first post will pretty quickly gain some attention. That first “like” or comment evokes a reaction similar to the feeling we get when taking a fresh baked apple pie piping hot out of the oven. We’re bubbling with ooey-gooey goodness. How about those friendly looking little Gravatars lining up in a row under our post? Sweet!
Who hasn’t squealed in delight, the first time they discovered the link to their blog in search engine results, “Hey, that’s me!”
Follow the link posted below and it will take you to NPR’s listing of this week’s best selling books.
Helpful Hint: If you click on any book title (hyperlinked) in NPR’s listing, you will be taken to a quick summary of the book. A great way to quickly search for a new read. Have fun!
NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 20, 2014 : NPR.