Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ten Terrifying Questions @ Booktopia


Books: they do furnish a room
To mark the publication of Philosophy in the Garden, I've been asked the 'Ten Terrifying Questions' on the Booktopia bookshop website.

I can't say they were terrifying--but they were certainly thoughtful and provocative. Here's a sample:
5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete? 
Nah. There have always been, and always will be, Things That Aren’t Books. Greek tragedy, the jitterbug, gossip, cage fighting, masturbation—tastes vary. Let a hundred flowers bloom. 
But the book remains. Whether it’s a scroll, codex or digital file, the book is a rare chance to converse, patiently and carefully, with another psyche. Our civilisation’s wonky table is propped up on books written over two millennia ago. 
And books are beautiful. (I mean paper, glue and ink books. But e-readers can also be well designed, with artful layout and cover.) Writers, editors, illustrators, designers, printers: they collaborate to make these sexy things. They really do furnish a room. Several rooms.
Head over to Booktopia to have a read. You can buy Philosophy in the Garden from Booktopia here.

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