I had a great time at brunch with my family, although the baby did manage to make a two-hour drive into a three-hour drive (babies are good at that). I hope you all had a great Mother's Day!
I was a little disappointed in Berke Breathed's "Opus" comic strip in my paper this morning. In it, Opus is lugging around his hardback copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. He runs across "Way Wired Willy," who Googles the book and pulls up an electronic edition. "That's not a book!" Opus says with horror. "Dude," Willy retorts. "Books are old school." Opus cries, "Yeah, well there's a lot of reasons why they're way better!!"
Dude. Electronic books ARE books. After all, "Opus" is a comic strip, whether one reads it in the paper or on the Internet. Whether it's printed on paper or not doesn't alter its basic nature... it's a comic, and just as funny on screen as it is printed onto dead trees. Similarly, a story in novel format comprises a book, whether it's printed on paper or pixels on a computer screen, and it's just as capable of evoking emotion and engaging the reader on screen as it is on glue-bound pages. To Kill a Mockingbird doesn't suddenly become something other than a book just because one reads it on a screen.
Repeat after me: ELECTRONIC BOOKS ARE REAL BOOKS TOO.
Thank you, Mr. Breathed. I'm glad we had this little discussion:-).