That deep, immersive experience of reading around a theme … is an experience, I think, that’s best had between the covers of a book. Scrolling and toggling and moving from screen to screen is trance-like, sure. But it’s a different experience, physically, to spend two hours on the Internet versus two hours in a book. Your body feels different. Your eyes feel different. Online, the form and the content are working, to some degree, against each other.
Louise Erdrich and the Living Power of Stories John Freeman (Granta, Freeman’s) writes about his favortie passage in literature – a passage from Louise Erdrich’s great Love Medicine.