The Web Saves Old Books


New media need not destroy old. In fact, they can keep interest in and access to the old media alive. The Neglected Books Page at neglectedbooks. com, for example, helps sustain both memory of and access to the dead literary past.

Collating fresh essays of appreciation for long-out-ofprint books, mostly literary fiction, the site played a key role in getting at least one of its enthusiasms—Jetta Carleson's 1963 novel The Moonflower Vine—back into print. And it is about the only place on the Web to find excited and educated love expressed for the novels of libertarian founding mother Isabel Paterson.

While this method of spreading fan enthusiasm across the globe won't rescue fiction publishing as a business model, it keeps the advocates of the art form savvy to things they might have missed in the rushing flood of cultural production over the decades. Combined with other Web innovations, such as used bookseller aggregate sites, it helps writers' work live on, in print or out. 

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

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