Home libraries stuffed from floor to ceiling may well become the graveyard for the classics we’ve known in years past. Back to a time when people had libraries, when reading was a central activity in life. It was how you got your information. But progress moves on.
- Literary immortality is an illusion. What does it mean for a book to “last”? Last for how long? A few decades at best.
- Will the “long-awaited” books of Ann Patchett and Margaret Atwood and Stephen King, be read in a hundred years? Does it matter? We want to read these authors now.
- They aren’t just books; through the gentle weathering of time, they’ve become objects of beauty.
“In the years to come, they’ll lose their covers and their pristine pages will turn brittle. Their authors’ names will be forgotten.”