So how’s it coming?–your own bellyflop into the future of literature, I mean?
Are you down with digital yet? Happy to know that even something with an SPF 50 can’t smear your eInk? Gladdened by the glimmer of books-in-browsers, and curled up, smiling, by the fire with a Fire?
My best thinking usually happens in the swimming pool…
That’s Sheila Bounford. Do you know her?
“Unusually though,” she writes, “yesterday evening’s swim involved a conversation.”
I like night swimming. I like pools at night. Liquid light. Seattle, I’m ready for the Underwater Kindle.
“During my evening debrief in the pool we were talking about values.”
Bounford is a consultant who focuses at times with real ingenuity on what I’ve taken to calling the digital “dynamic,” not “disruption.” People who mouth off about the digital “disruption” are usually enjoying it too much. Same guys who give you a hand out of the pool, then push you back in and laugh. The compression-shorts-and-nose-clip set.
I sculled along on my back, chatting with Jenny…
Bounford and a publisher friend, Jenny, were talking over their respective responses to a personal development course during this nocturnal pool time, which she recounts in a short essay titled Potential not Possession.
Jenny had remarked that she sees herself as creating and delivering language learning materials, not making books.
What rises to the surface, in Bounford’s thoughts, is an issue for us all. Her questions shine across the grid from England. This is when you enjoy social media.
Do I value books because they are intrinsically good, or because I grew up in a house stuffed full of them?