(P.S. Death to Kindle. Thank you.)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So some people are complaining about how the Kindle will make it impossible for them to show off what book they're reading in public the way they've always been able to on the train or in the coffeeshop or whatever. And other people are complaining that those people are snobs and isn't it a good thing that this showing off won't go on anymore. Putting aside the silliness of the idea that these stupid Kindles will replace books, what is the big deal about reading good books in public? Why does everyone so cynically assume that people do it to show off? If I want to read Infinite Jest on the subway, what am I supposed to do, wrap the cover in plain brown paper? Come on. This is crazy. Why should people be ashamed of having good taste? Why should people be ashamed of anything they're reading?