Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lit Convenience

Do you find yourself reading e-mail more often than actual books? Have you become accustomed to reading words illuminated by a strange technological device called a monitor? If so, Daily Lit aims to meld the worlds of literature and glowing text by bringing "books right into your inbox in convenient small messages that take less than 5 minutes to read." Ulysses by James Joyce will arrive in 332 neat little e-mails. While Ibsen's A Doll's House requires only 37. It's not a bad way to knock off any of those classics you already claim to have read.

If you need any suggestions for what to read, try What Should I Read Next? Enter a title and the site will "analyse [their] database of real readers' favourite books (over 20,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next."

And though these two sites seem reasonably proficient at wedging slim pages of literature into the diminishing gaps in one's schedule, they elucidate the environment that necessitates such things. I don't really want to flesh my feelings out on this (I doubt you want me to either), but I wonder, has it really come to this? Is there no turning back? Will the speed of everything perpetually increase? Our technology evolves, but do we? Yeesh, I gotta get out of NY. Sorry.


At 8:41 PM, Blogger Blogaulaire said...

Well French mid-to-late 19th century novels were normal fair in weekly newspapers, Flaubert, Zola, Hugo (I believe), as well. So now email becomes our version of La Voix Populaire ?


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