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while i share with my favorite author jeanette winterson the same sentiments about books, roberto bolaño just might convince me to consider e-books.

let me explain.

winterson says in her column:

Why do I not like e-books?

   I am a romantic and prefer the full-strength version that you can drop in the bath. They have not made a water-proof e-book yet.
  And when you leave a book dropped in the bath on the side to dry, it has a survivor-feel to it. It has a history. Your e-book can never have a history because it can’t age as you do,

  As techies are freaked out by anything that isn’t ‘new’, the idea of a book ageing is probably horrible.
  But not to me.
  And you can’t write your name in the front. Or get your lover to write their favourite bit in the back.
  And so on.
   But hey, it’s progress I’m told.

that was something i just read yesterday, barely a week after the last online discussion i had with other avid readers about the subject, one where my final word was i don’t think i’d ever warm up to the idea of e-books.

until this afternoon. when i found roberto bolaño’s 2666 in the bookshop downstairs, all 912 pages of it. and i imagined carrying this book in my bag must feel like lugging around a terracotta tile sandwiched between two special edition dvd’s of moulin rouge. but i badly wanted to read the darn thing.

so this is the day i considered e-books. the day i also realized that i’m physically too decrepit to bear the weight of books over 550 pages.


book fetish

i have a love affair with books not as obsessive as intellectuals and literary mavens, but i do have an above-average appetite for written works.

but i’m experiencing some drought in the reading front for a while now, the last books i bought have perched on the bookshelf for almost a year.

going into bestsellers in galleria, though, breathed new life into my deflated spirit. and it helped that there was a sale too.

i found many of the books that i’ve always wanted to read. hardbound, brand new, and each of them damaging 100.00, 150.00 or 200.00 only. now how fortunate is that?

i bought all these books (did i mention hardbound and brand new?) for only around php700.00:

lighthousekeeping by jeanette winterson

lighthousekeeping by jeanette winterson

the ministry of special cases by nathan englander

the ministry of special cases by nathan englander

lion's honey: the myth of samson by david grossman

lion's honey: the myth of samson by david grossman

varjak pay by sf said, illustrated by dave mckean

varjak pay by sf said, illustrated by dave mckean

i also found a harbound copy of the remedy by michelle lovric (which i somehow rhapsodized in a previous entry). i’m thinking of getting it for the sake of collecting. what do you think?