I don’t have a kindle but I feel pretty confident saying I wouldn’t enjoy Finnegan’s Wake too much on a kindle – probably not from a computer screen either.

The book. Would have to be the printed book. Kerouac’s Dharma Bums too. Gotta be a real book. Stuff that doesn’t necessarily move you along so fast. Stuff you can chew on.

Slip a pen or lighter between pages, go do something; come back to it, chew a little more; that’s the stuff I really like most. So what one likes I suppose one will aspire to? Of course it’s a lot of poetry in those books too.

Poetry’s good for chewing. Yeah now we’re getting somewhere. Chewable. Is it chewable? Can you chew on it a long time? Or maybe not chewable but rich. Melts but sticks. Stuff that probably ain’t kindle-friendly.

But I don’t know. I don’t have a kindle. Unless I’m mistaken, kindle came along to facilitate readers of erotic romance, or the kind of work designed to keep a reader turning the pages instead of chewing on little pieces. ???


About Timmy the Scribbler

Love to write all kinds of stuff I love writing so many different kinds of stuff it is a constant struggle to narrow the focus to a manageable handful and let the others go. But a few years ago I dipped my fingers into a poetry pie and of all my uncertainties, one thing that is no uncertainty is that it is one passion that must remain, so maybe that's the one. I do dearly delight in chopping up fictional works into stanzas and syllables.
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3 Responses to and…

  1. yeoldefoole says:

    I got a kindle, finally, just this past December. My first eReader. After spending every day staring at a computer screen for the past 35 years I didn’t think I’d really get into it. I LOVE paper.

    I will say, though, that I’ve enjoyed it a LOT more than I thought I would.


  2. yeoldefoole says:

    But I STILL love paper….


    • I wouldn’t turn a kindle down. The self-publishing platforms lets you get an idea how the work will read/look on different readers – but you’re still looking at it on a computer screen. I’ve tried to read the richer literature on a computer screen and don’t last too long. Maybe portability changes that? Which reminds me of the next post that’s been stewing since I began reading Kerouac & Joyce.

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