Sun 7 May 2006
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person – perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”
I always loved books and in this passage Sagan managed, I think, to pinpoint this magic connection between the reader and the writer that attracted me to read so many of them. And it is true for any form of writing, including a blog. I speak now to you, in your head – even though you don’t know my voice and probably never met me. Yes, this is a proof that we can work magic – and Internet, which despite Flash animations and video streaming remains largely the world of text is a new incarnation of that magic.
Let’s spread it, let’s upkeep the ages of tradition, let’s keep these silent voices – let’s write.