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'From Pen to Press' at the Walters has us thinking about the future of books

'From Pen to Press' at the Walters has us thinking about the future of books

Last Week I saw a blue transparent “Jurassic Park”-era iMac chilling in someone’s front yard on St. Paul. It looked cold and forlorn. People leave stuff in cardboard boxes for the benefit of the community all the time—paperbacks, old shoes, candlesticks, percolators—but the blue plastic computer in the snow struck me as the perfect visual representation of something I had been thinking about for a while. We treat old computers the same way we treat the old books we are no longer compelled to keep. I remember when those transparent computers were my techno-daydream, but now, someone can’t even give it away. Consider that in the 15th century printed...

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