My Library, by A. A. Milne

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Digital media, such as ebooks and MP3s (including this podcast, come to think of it), certainly save space, paper, and vinyl, and that’s probably a good thing overall in this environmentally-conscious era. Even so, it’s hard to argue against the proposition that a room without books or a proper record connection simply lacks soul, however you choose to define that elusive concept. In my long-gone academic days, a visit to a colleague’s home always began with a beeline to his or her bookshelfs. Comparing each other’s book collections is a sort of intellectual equivalent to the way dogs sniff each other’s bottoms to size up new acquaintances. Books also give a “well read” feel to a space. Sorry, but the 10,000 physically invisible ebooks you keep on your smartphone or tablet can’t simulate the warm and deeply personal atmosphere of a book-lined room, which is one reason why some of us continue to insist on collecting books, the forests of this poor, overheating planet be damned. Well, I suppose there’ll be an app for all this some day, but until then I’ll continue to join A.A. Milne in lugging my books from domicile to overfilled domicile.

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