Kindle interlude –

We got a Kindle for Christmas. I like new  technologies but I am not completely driven by them. I use my work laptop at home, my cell phone just makes calls and takes crappy pictures, I don’t twitter (yet). But, I love our Kindle! Thanks Stan and Nancy!

One of the reasons* I love Kindle** and maybe my husband will love it is that it has the potential to solve an issue in our house. Every surface in our house is covered in books and dust***. I have books from before kindergarten, from grade school, junior high, senior high, and college and beyond. I have books in boxes at our front door I say I am going to take to Goodwill but then I pick one of those pretend cast off’s and I think I might read it again in a few years and smuggle it back upstairs and hide it under some other books. I have boxes of books in the basement that used to be by the front door but my husband got sick of running into them and moved them.

My husband loves reading but he doesn’t love books. That is a profound difference. For the lover of books giving them away is like saying good-bye to a dear friend. For merely a lover of reading, books are like day old bread. “Hey, baby, it was nice while it lasted.”

Kindle is bigger than a book made of mere paper and binding. Kindle is like one being with multiple-personalities. Kindle can reproduce itself. Kindle contains the universe of books. Kindle has it’s own store! This is a revelation. Kindle is a book that can get you other books. Kindle blows my mind!

I am an insomniac. On average, I am up reading at least two hours during the night. And – now Kindle is right there with me. It’s three in the morning and I just finished reading Edmund White’s autobiography of the 60’s and 70’s (to which I say, Edmund stick to novels because you come off like a real know-it-all in this) and I already read the Entertainment Weekly lying next to the bed. No prob, Kindle to the rescue!

No more scouring used books stores, ordering on line or pursuing the shelf at local bookstore. I can get it now. I am like a junkie with a jones for books. Kindle is my pusher man.

I know I was hoping Kindle would help me with some issue but I can’t remember what it is. Oh! My download of All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is complete! Later!

* There are numerous reasons I love the Kindle ranging from the practical to sublime. That assessment would comprise a series of posts that would entertain only the most esoteric of readers.

** The Kindle is far too impersonal a term. Kindle denotes a name – it denotes a relationship.

***Short of hired help we will always have dust.

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About Kari Wagner-Peck

Kari Wagner-Peck lives with her husband and son in Maine. She is a blogger, writer & social justice storyteller who unschools with her son. She also has a M.S.W. and was at various times a practicing social worker, documentary videographer and film festival director She is the author of Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey, May, 2017, Central Recovery Press. She has been published at The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, The Sydney Morning Herald, Parents, BLOOM and Love That Max among others. Follow her on Twitter @atypicalson and like her at Not Always Happy Facebook page. Email her: atypicalson@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Kindle interlude –

  1. So glad you love your kindle! I stayed up to finish Girl with the dragon Tattoo until 3:30.AM Normally I would have had to wait til morning to go out for the next book in the series but I was able to download “the girl who played with Fire” and stay up even later. Is this good news? Enjoy!

  2. i have the books in boxes(we moved last Easter), lots of dust and MY NOOK— love love love it. Fred & i went away for a week-no kids, and i read 4 books!!!! since i got it for xmas i have 9. never could have done that without it! i read while waiting to get dylan from school! it’s awesome.
    now i will always have books in one little spot that fits in my purse and dust, which there is usually so much of i can’t find my purse! hahahaaa

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