lunes, 22 de marzo de 2004

Controvertido Bloom

Uno de los críticos de literatura que más me interesan, Bloom, es también uno de esos tipos que siempre están pisandome los callos. Ya tenía una buena liada con él a causa de Harry Potter, pero es que ahora viene a meterse con mi vaca sagrada: los ebooks. En fín, ¿qué le he hecho yo a este hombre?

I have reached the very sad conclusion that what most threatens the future of reading is the, I will not say probability, but the real possibility of the disappearance of the book. I begin to fear that what it means to be alone with a book--the various ways in which you can hold a book in your own hands and turn the pages and write in the margins when you are moved to do so, underline or emphasize when you are moved to do so--might almost vanish, that the technological overkill of the latest developments we are moving towards, the e-book sort of thing which Mr. Gates and others are proclaiming might perhaps put the book in jeopardy.

De Harry Potter dijo una vez (en una entrevista para Clarin) que un niño que empezara leyendo Harry Potter nunca llegaría a leer a Shakespeare. Y también:

Can more than 35 million book buyers, and their offspring, be wrong? yes, they have been, and will continue to be for as long as they persevere with Potter.