Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Location: Books & Such Main Office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Thinking about all the changes in publishing can be mind-blowing, can’t it? I saw an author the other day who was literally walking around in a daze as she thought about all the ways she needed to revamp her view of herself to stay up on what it means to write today–a presence on Facebook and Twitter, sustaining a blog, finding reading communities online, and oh, yes, writing.
Let’s take a deep breath and realize that the faster and more plugged in our world becomes, the more we long to linger, to slow down. I’ve heard of several books recently that were written by people who chose to find ways for their families to become detached from their technological gizmos and what affect that change had on the family.
Those books are a reflection of an important concept to remember: For every trend, there is a counter-trend. When mass market books first burst onto the scene, readers rushed to buy these handy, fit-in-your-pocketbook reads. At the same time, a love for a beautifully bound book that was luscious just to hold let alone to read also arose.
That means the more we feel enslaved to technology, the more we long for ways to stop the madness. That translates into the increasing popularity of novels–long stories that take us away from our cell phones, emails and texting. Novels explore human connections that go much deeper than an email exchange. They portray individuals’ interiors in ways we can never gauge as we stride through life with our earbuds blocking out bird calls and people’s voices.
What other types of writing create a meandering mentality? How do you unplug? What books enable you to lounge?