Thanks for the response Greg ‘Dinchamion’ Fazekas! I’m a bit of a tortoise when it comes to getting around to it myself, but I’m here now…with perhaps more fodder to play with than before.
I’m glad you think it’s fascinating, it’s always nice to meet someone else who’s into good conversation as much as me 🙂 To be quite honest, and I’m speaking openly, I’m a little intimidated by long replies…I’m not sure why, other than perhaps feeling as though I have to match such a length in order to merit a reply at all. This is of course quite ridiculous, so in light of such things I’ll make this snappy (get it…snappy, like a snapper turtle…ahh haha that one was probably best left in the draw).
One things for sure, you were quite convincing during the Great Debate. I read your piece about the written word/medium evolving (which is also was good) and find myself agreeing. Not only because of that, but also because later on that week I was also reading my book and came across a brilliant passage which I thought would make the perfect basis for a piece on medium.
My mind came back to this conversation and your point on practicality. It would have been nice to highlight or save it for later, type thing but instead I spent a good 10 minutes trying to find the damn thing. It’s since ended up in a response instead, and is located here if you’re interested.
Also last week I had my first house sitting experience, for which I packed two books — one being the 1000 page tome Infinite Jest, which would have been nicer in a few megabytes instead. How long have you been living this digital nomad lifestyle for? And do you have any tips/articles you’ve written that talk about it? I feel like I always pack a lot more than I should, and when I think about it I spend most of my time wearing the same clothes, sitting at the same desk.
I think my opinion on the real books VS. e-books has changed and now relies heavily on the type of experience you’re wanting to have. As you mention “carrying around books is a luxury” — and I think that moving forward it’s this point that holds the key to really understanding this debate (if you can call it that anymore).
Reading a real book is a completely immersive experience and, ironically, one that requires you to almost give up all ties to reality itself. You’re not thinking about highlighting something, or saving something for later because you’re not aware of later. This is of course quite a hard thing to do, as a fellow creative I’m sure you agree — you’re always on the lookout (even subconsciously) for that next spark of something to write about. So I think going forward reading a real book, could almost become an art form, in which the greatest challenge will be to hold yourself within the pages of that book.
Reading an e-book however is an experience that, as you mention in your other Response, allows you to scale. By which I mean here, scaling the entire creative expression. Input speed, practicality and, in some ways, quality to your creative process. So in my eye’s the debate now rests in what exactly you’re trying to achieve by engaging with the written word, which itself is found through an awareness of your doing so.
Well it appears I’ve Forrest Gumped myself past the end zone. Perhaps there shouldn’t be an end zone, and when it comes to writing it’s more tuning in and out of a frequency of words. Anyway, hope this finds you well and if you’ve got a recommendation for an e-reader it would be nice to know?