The headline’s correct. I’ve decided to play for the other team. Surprised? So am I.
My mom says that when I was two years old, I’d grab a book, drag it to her or my dad and demand that they read it to me. (I was a bossy little bitch even then). At three, I told her to teach me how to read on my own. I’ve always loved books. I love to read and write. I love the way a book feels, either paperback or hard back. I love reading on the beach, by the pool, on a plane, a train or on the sofa with the dog curled up beside me. But now, I’ve abandoned my beloved books and have turned to something younger, sleeker, fresher. I’d like for you to meet her. Her name… is Kindle.
And I’ve fallen in love all over again. I’ll switch and forth between my loves for the next few years but face it: The Kindle (or the newer models and clones that come along) is the future. Embrace it. Embrace Kindle. I have. You can try her out for yourself. She’s expensive, but worth it. And you’ll look cool as you fondle her on the subway.
On a more serious note, my first book (after my own, which you can get by clicking here) on the Kindle, which I’m reading now, is the sobering The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. The author, Andrew Bacevich, is a retired Army colonel and makes a persuasive case that America’s level of consumption is unsustainable. (We should’ve listened to Jimmy Carter and re-elected him). It’s not a message we want to hear, but it ‘s our reality, and Americans have become increasingly bad at facing reality. Personally, Bacevich has had no choice but to accept life’s harshest reality – he lost his son, an army lieutenant, in Iraq last year.