cultural decline

Tim Parks on reading

From the New York Review of Books: "In the past, having satisfied myself that the postman really had come and gone, the day then presented itself as an undisturbed ocean of potential — for writing (by hand), reading (on paper), and, to pay the bills, translating (on a manual typewriter). It was even possible in those days to see reading as a resource to fill time that hung heavy when rain or asphyxiating heat forced one to stay indoors." Also see Parks's "Reading Upward".