Thoughts / What I'm Reading

On re-reading Fahrenheit 451

Yesterday I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 again for the first time since social media became a factor in my life. When I first read Fahrenheit, probably early in middle school, television still seemed to be the greatest threat to interest in good books. What’s jarring is that on this second read… Continue reading

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Thoughts / What I'm Reading

My Hunger Games

Flushing, Queens, has three bookstores and one library. Newport, Jersey City, has none. The difference between the two immigrant communities is that knowledge lies in different places. Asians dominate both places, but the former is more a blue collar population and the latter a financial workers’ district. For the white-collared, knowledge lies in degrees, minds … Continue reading

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Paper Books

When I wandered into Borders last Saturday evening I realized how long I had been away from books. Pure books. Paper books. I saw old Nietzsche and his Genealogy of Morality, which I had not touched since last semester. As a re-read the preface I discovered how starved I was for deep writing – philosophy. … Continue reading

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E-Reading

How young should a child begin using technology? How young should a child begin to read? These questions are compounded when e-readers seem to be the new way for children to read. The New York Times reports that increasingly more children and teenagers, including eight-year-olds, are reading with e-readers. On a positive note e-readers are … Continue reading