You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any new pictures for a while. I have to admit, that since getting the Sony e-book, I have fallen into a state of literary gluttony. Which is to say, I have been reading instead of shooting. Everything from Stoker’s Dracula, to Nostromo by Joseph Conrad to Wodehouse. And when I haven’t been reading, or fulfilling orders (which I have to confess I’ve not been as prompt as usual) – I’ve been collecting more books than any sane person could read in a lifetime.
The last time this happened to me was when I had access to the stacks at University of Buffalo. As a college student, I could wander the stacks to my heart’s content, stumbling upon new books and sitting at a window near where it was always snowing – and reading like a fiend – only to look up when a pretty co-ed walked by. Sometimes even that didn’t wake me from the printed words.
Early on – when people used to ask for advice about photography – I would tell them not to study photography but to read great works of literature. I don’t think many would take me up on this advice – but I’ve always felt that your art is greatly influenced by your imagination, and your imagination, in order to stay healthy – needs to be constantly fed.
What happened here, was that I suddenly had access to this ever-expanding library that was filled with my favorite authors, and where one selection would lead (much like the web) to another book and that one ad finitum. I’ve been like a kid in a candy store.
It also brings me back to another time in my life – when as a kid I would read everything I could get my hands on – including at one point when I had run out of my usual fare of Hardy Boy and Tarzan books – books on history. One book – A Child’s History of the World – enthralled me for weeks. I can still remember the chapter on the French Revolution because it was so gory. Did you know, for example, that there was so much blood from Madame the Knife, that special sewers were built to carry the blood away?
I’m sure this infatuation will cool down soon, as infatuations do – but I have to confess that I’m just waiting for warmer weather so that I can go to the park on a nice sunny day – put a blanket out – and lose myself with my latest sweets. And, of course, where there’s reading – the urge to write comes back – and I’ve been spending at least an hour each day in the morning working on what I can only call my memoirs; though really it’s just a bunch of short tales, loosely connected by the fact that I’m writing them.
When the first tale is ready – I will have something more finished than my usual blog posts which as you know are just written like automatic writing.
All of which is to say – that the eBook opened up new worlds for me – and not having much money – and liking to keep the books around (as opposed to returning them to a library) – I am very happy I sprung for the 505. I may even buy one of the fancier covers for it.
I write this – as usual – just to give some idea of what I’ve been up to lately; which is usually what you get in blogs. I don’t have a single complaint about the device itself. I’m completely oblivous at this point to how I’m turning pages, or looking for titles. It’s become as natural as turning the pages of a real book.
Right now, I’m waiting for my New York Public Library Card to arrive by mail. Once I have that – I’ll have access to another river (tempted to call it the Amazon but I won’t) of literature. I’m curious to see whether the Library checkout allows me to save the book on my computer to read whenever I want. I’ve already downloaded many books that are locked with the Adobe Digital software – but they are all readable so long as I don’t try to put them onto another device.
Now I head off to bed – waiting to see what Jeeves is going to say next.