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On Reading

“I had accidentally discovered one of the great disadvantages of books (a medium that is not exactly short on disadvantages at the moment). There is no team of brilliant and vaguely sinister engineers, cooking up ways to get you binge reading. There is no auto-play technology frictionlessly delivering you from one chapter of the novel you’re reading to the next.

There is only you, alone in the silence of your room with a chapter break before you and your phone cooing at you from the dresser.” 

Ben Dolnick, Author and Opinion Columnist, New York Times