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The Battle of the Book

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2007 | No Comments

Via Ann Althouse: The New Republic’s editors have written a poor defense of traditional books, an unthinkingly conservative argument that confuses a particular medium with great literature — and great literature with worthwhile reading. I have no brief against books, but TNR’s argument amounts to hand-waving generalities underpinned by warrants that are generally indefensible.

In Althouse’s comments:

A good comeback is “How can you call it reading if it’s not carved on a clay tablet or a written with a feather on a papyrus scroll?”

The Battle of the Book

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