Thursday, April 11, 2013

Comfort in the Tangible

My friend, Christi, posted on Facebook this amazing photo of a young boy reading in a bombed-out bookstore in WWII London. The powerful image stirred up a bit of emotion.
I write and edit for a living. But on a day-to-day basis, I don’t appreciate the importance of books — or hell, any written type of communication. Words transport, inform, inspire, incite, enrage. I shudder to think of a world without written communication. While I love television and film and YouTube and vlogs (yes, you, Lizzie Bennett diaries), I like the permanence of the written word. I like referring back to books, to links on the web, to my own journals. Life is fleeting. Tangible is comforting.

And yet, it was an image that inspired all this emotion I'm feeling. Hmmm…even more to think about.


  1. Yes, words are doorways with which to escape: past, present, future. Portals to ancient worlds, long dead worlds, future worlds. Windows to souls, minds, hearts. A world without books is a loss of a multi-verse of worlds. Thanks for the food for thought Durango Writer.

  2. I loved how you put that: a loss of a multi-verse of worlds. That's so true. Without books (or storytelling) we'd not have access to worlds beyond our physical selves.