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Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

Normally I talk in this space about audio and video but let me take a moment to address another wonderful medium…the written word.

We take it for granted today but it hasn’t always been so.  Prior to the Middle Ages a huge personal library consisted of, at most, a few hundred written pages and that was only for the very wealthy (mostly it was only the wealthy who could read and write anyway.)  Even the Great Library of Alexandria only held 500,000 volumes, which sounds like a lot until you consider that they were all scrolls, and, therefore only a few modern “pages” at most could be contained in each one.  Until the Guttenberg Press in the 15th century, and even for a hundred years afterwards, books were a rare and valuable commodity.

Nowadays, of course, they are anything but rare but, nonetheless, they are intrinsically valuable.  The mere fact that someone has taken the time, energy and imagination to put pen to paper (or pixel to screen) is remarkable in itself in this day of instant communication.  The electronic book is as remarkable, in its way, as was Guttenberg’s press.  Personally I carry around a dozen books, magazines and publications at any given time on my iPad. 

Nice history lesson, but so what?  I guess I just wanted to take the opportunity to invite you to take a moment and read something today…other than this, I mean.  Open up a book or a magazine or and take a few minutes to read.  It’s good for the soul.

I find television very educational.  Whenever someone turns it on I leave the room and read a book.
                                                                                      - Groucho Marx   


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