Writing Wrongs

May 31, 2007

So I’m attempting to read the large-print “read-aloud” version of Little House in the Big Woods (same book, larger size and text) to Kyra. I’m not sure how much she understands. We have to stop now and then and talk things through, and some of it I can only chalk up to “it was a long time ago and that’s how they did things.”

Andrew’s first chapter book (real aloud) was The Wizard of Oz. If nothing else, these two books have violence in common. There’s an amazing amount of death in The Wizard of Oz and so far, in the Big Woods, we’ve encountered the death of two pigs, a deer, and a bear. Not to mention a detailed description of how to make head cheese. Ah, the good old days.

Andrew’s been listening along. I suspect he likes hearing about those “good old days.” He doesn’t remember The Wizard of Oz or when I read him the first Harry Potter book. Oh, that last chapter scared him.

And now, Booking Through Thursday:

I read online a lot, but not books. Short stories, lit magazines, instructions, and so on. I wouldn’t say I’m a paper purist either. I love audio books. I’d be insane without them, I’m sure, what with the commute and all. One thing I’ve noticed. A great reader and good production values can make an okay book really good.

Likewise, a poor reader can take a classic and make your ears bleed. So far, I’ve been lucky. I’ve only returned Criss Cross and A Farewell to Arms to the library because I couldn’t get into the readers.

Wait! This was about e-books. Okay. I don’t read e-books. I don’t have a real reason, at least not a strong one. I mean, I love electronic gadgets, especially if they’re small and cute. So you’d think, small cute e-book = Charity delight.

But I like books as physical objects, more than I like the whole small, cute electronic gadget thing.

In some ways, it’s like the difference between writing on the computer and writing by hand. If I need to do something “serious,” it’s by hand, using a Uni-ball Vision Elite (Best. Pen. Ever.). If I need speed, I use the computer.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 1:49 p.m.

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