— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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September 14, 2010

Tuesday Listening

'Laws!' cried my friend again; the chain of my logic was ever too much for her.
-- from The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

I don't have anything against them, honestly, but I'm not planning on investing in a Kindle, or a Nook, or any kind of e-reader. I can see the advantages (especially right this minute), but I still want the kind of book with a cover, and pages you can turn, the ones that have always made where I live feel like home.

And audiobooks. For me, there's something different about being read to from a little electronic device, and I've been happily stocking my Ipod with books. Our library system (and the Boston Public Library, especially) offers a great assortment of downloadable audiobooks, but what you get, when, is a little more serendipitous than with printed books.

So when you see another traveler with headphones, in the airport or in the canton, she might be reading Jane Austen, or Agatha Christie, or a mystery from a writer (Louise Penny or Charles Todd) she's never read, or The Map of True Places (finally!), or the last few chapters of a Georgette Heyer (I was almost done with the book on CD).  But please be nice...she'll also be wearing Merrells, and she's a little self-conscious about that.


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