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Intimacy of printed books essential to healthy society

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2014

~~<p>Our family was heartbroken when we heard of the closure of Barnes &amp; Noble at Kahala Mall. Upon hearing the news, I ran over to rescue a few titles: &quot;The Tao of Physics,&quot; by Fritjof Capra, whom I met as a student while attending UC Berkeley; one on organic gardening; another with poems of Rumi; and finally a compilation of Da Vinci's works for the coffee table.</p>
<p>Printed matter, respectfully bound or carefully folded, offers a unique relationship to the reader. A special book is notable not simply for its content, but also for its unique cover and for where it sits on the self. A good tome may be given or loaned to a close friend or colleague with mutual interests. One's personal library or even a few shelves that house a mix of books read and unread is like a room full of friends, some of whom one knows well while others lie in wait. Bookstores and libraries are essential to a healthy social fabric. So is this newspaper you're holding in your hand (if not reading online).</p>
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Our family was heartbroken when we heard of the closure of Barnes & Noble at Kahala Mall. Upon hearing the news, I ran over to rescue a few titles: "The Tao of Physics," by Fritjof Capra, whom I met as a student while attending UC Berkeley; one on organic gardening; another with poems of Rumi; and finally a compilation of Da Vinci's works for the coffee table.

Printed matter, respectfully bound or carefully folded, offers a unique relationship to the reader. A special book is notable not simply for its content, but also for its unique cover and for where it sits on the self. A good tome may be given or loaned to a close friend or colleague with mutual interests. One's personal library or even a few shelves that house a mix of books read and unread is like a room full of friends, some of whom one knows well while others lie in wait. Bookstores and libraries are essential to a healthy social fabric. So is this newspaper you're holding in your hand (if not reading online). Login for more...



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