In the dark living room the only light comes from this miraculous little rectangle on my lap. The whole world is at my fingertips. Medium junk. News junk. Photography junk. Science junk. Music junk. Travel junk. Spending hours on Google maps, lazily following planes on Flight radar 24, lured into Boom beach, a strategy game designed to keep me posted on any development (and spend money if I am weak.)

I read your article, Charles, and agree with all my heart and mind. Reading is living, living is reading. At the same time I know how the magical pad with its fast food information has driven me away from the slow food in my books. There is an uncanny paradox in getting tips for reading books and long reads from my seduction machine that prevents me from reading long texts.

This being noted, I pick up ‘Swing Time’ and soon am witness of the lives of two brown girls in a white environment. No Medium today. No news sites, better no pad today. If I am strong….

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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