aww the new freshers moved to uni yday and brighton is full of hopeful looking 18 year olds
Billy Nighy and Carey Mulligan photographed by Mikael Jansson for Vogue, June 2014
— Sylvia Plath, Summer 1951, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
On Books vs. E-books: I’m not anti-tech at all. I think that the web offers us an unprecedented chance to share global knowledge. But one thing does not replace the other. A book and a computer screen are not equivalent. I want these things to run in parallel. We have cars, but we still need bicycles. But what we are seeing is the usurping and the overtaking of books. E-books and computer screens are not a different version of the same thing.
Interviewer: How is the e-book different?
Well, if everything is on e-book, how are you ever going to seduce your potential lover? You know when you go to a lover’s apartment, and you look at their book-shelves and then you get a conversation going… you can’t really do that with a kindle list (laughs).
Books are a memory system for us. As you get older the bookshelf becomes part of a memory of a lifetime. You have books there from your first date, through your divorces and onwards. They’re a map of who you are.
The problem with the e-book is that unless you come from the right family or have the right education, you can’t find those books. They’ve vanished. They are no longer on the shelves for disadvantaged kids to find.
On libraries: Anyone can go there, rich or poor. There’s no entry, you can just be there. For me it’s really about democracy. We need to keep that democracy of language and that democracy of literature.