NPR had this inspiring news this morning, delivered with the bad news of teen violence in Philadelphia, going on while London's burning.
"We're out here reading books in silence. We're basically being the anti-violence flash mob," said 18-year-old Maria Clark. "We're showing people that we do do things positive. Not everybody's violent."
I do love the thought of reading flash mobs! And it's OK with me if yours is a Kindle, Nook, etc., even if mine is likely to be a book with covers, words printed on actual pages. At least for a while.
Meanwhile, Steven Colbert had his head in "the cloud" recently on The Colbert Report, and I understood him exactly. This is a hulu link to a 5 minute excerpt, "The Word: Head in the Cloud," so it may take a moment to load, but it's fun to watch.
Sigh.... Before the print age, we had all sorts of mnenomic devices for remembering stuff.
Yes, retrieving it from our own brains!
Writing stuff down was the first cloud!
I confess 1) I tend not to retain stuff I read online...I figure I can find it again if I remember to look and 2) I forgot the print matter science fiction I had read when young, but 3) I have wrapped up my scifi summer of evidently re-reading Philip K. Dick and Cordwainer Smith.
I am glad I stuck with Cordwainer Smith, because, as London burned and Philadelphia broke a young woman's leg, Lord Jestecost said to C'Mell, "I want to help the underpeople." And did so.
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