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Traveling in good company …

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
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adamsbookI just returned at 12.30 a.m. from a memorial service in the Sierra Nevada foothills – four hours hard driving each way, in a single day.  On the way out of  the house, I grabbed a stack of CDs… I know, I know. Old technology.  Now you have to spray the sound directly into your brain, or something.

In case I arrived at my destination early,  I packed a few books into my World Literature Today totebag – Adam Zagajewski‘s Without End: New and Collected Poems, Jacques Derrida‘s On Forgiveness, and Czesław Miłosz‘s New and Collected.

Whoops!  Once I was on the road, I found out the CD player had been removed from my car, long before it was passed on to me.  All that was left was the tape player – and my tapes are somewhere buried in the garage.  You see? Even the most avant-garde technology is useless if you don’t have all the parts.

But the book?  This technology never gets old.  I thought of the story of how it was invented.  Watch the youtube video below, if you haven’t seen it already.  Classic.