Newspapers: there is hope

July 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM | Posted in Family Life | 10 Comments
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I remember when Borders opened up in my town, many years ago. A woman wrote into the local paper wondering “why does our library look like a bookstore and our bookstore look like a library?” Borders, in those days, was that good.

The Borders manager then was a very thin bespectacled young fellow with long thin hair and a high voice; he was ideal. Magically he put books on the remainder table which were just the ones I would have put there for my easy purchase.

But then everything changed and they went commercial and began their long death rattle.

On the day that Borders gave up, I was sent this picture of two-year old Jack. His intent reading is touching but is it more than that? Is it a harbinger of a new, more enlightened generation?

A generation not tethered to electricity — one free to simply turn pages, free to throw the paper down in disgust, free to leave it on a bus seat by mistake and not have a heart attack?



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  1. Love the photo ! Speaking of books, which leads to authors, I am at this moment wearing a Ernest Hemingway T shirt today in honor of his 112th birthday. In homage to Papa I’m reading “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” I wish I was in Key West now as they’re having their annual Hemingway Festival, which includes a Hemingway 5K this Saturday evening.

    • I just used a picture of Papa in a sales presentation and used the following approximate quote: ‘he fell apart gradually and then all of a sudden.’ does it ring a bell?

      • A faint one for me – Moveable Feast about Fitzgerald?

      • Don’t understand.

  2. Ah, you stole my post! I was going to feature that pic. Snooze you lose I guess.

    • I didn’t think of that but that picture has a lifetime of use … I think you can do a lot more with it than I did.

      I am going to get it framed.

  3. Great picture! I hope you’re right, but I fear it will get worse before it gets better. (Aren’t you a Kindle user?)

    • Me a Kindle? No sir, no. I prowl libraries ….

  4. Great picture! Foreground shows Jack at ease and in charge. Background details confirm he owns the place.

    • Now that is well said … and true!

      How goes the world?

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