“E-books are fantastic at keeping us reading; traditional books are great at reminding us why we started in the first place. We’re fortunate to live in a world where we don’t have to decide on one or the other.”——Michael Popek in his Wall Street Journal piece headlined “I’m a Used Bookseller, and I’m Not Afraid of E-Books.” Popek is the author of Forgotten Bookmarks and a bookseller at his family’s used bookstore in Oneonta, N.Y.
“You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines. You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows. This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.”—William Shakespeare (via beaubooks)
“The book is second only to the wheel as the best piece of technology human beings have ever invented. A book symbolises the whole intellectual history of mankind; it’s the greatest weapon ever devised in the war against stupidity.”——Author Philip Pullman in a speech at the Library Campaign’s conference, printed in the Bookseller
Wouldn’t children’s book reviews be so much better if they were written by, well, children?
This season contains some unusual treats, including a new book from “Where The Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak and a posthumously published volume of poems by Shel Silverstein. Pulitzer-prizewinner Michael Chabon also took a shot at his first children’s book.
Which ones will keep the little one’s entertained, and which are little more than replacement roofs for dolls houses?
“In the afternoon we try to take a walk. Last week we went to a very good book shop, on the East Side, a very beautiful book shop. We love books. We buy too many books because we don’t have a place anymore in the apartment. Moving from Europe we had to make a selection, which was very maddening. I hate to make a separation from my books. Our son, Aldo, he is 13 years old; he likes books, too. He has also suggestions for us, books that we can buy because they are beautiful, the paper, the pictures, the subject but also how the book is made.”——Fabio Luisi, the Italian conductor who has been “pinch-hitting on a semi-permanent basis’ for James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director, in aNew York Times ”Sunday Routine" profile.
“There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (via winterbitten)