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The death of the imagination, or a brave new world where reading becomes experiential?

While it probably helps to encourage kids to read, I have a feeling that it could reboot their expectations of what books should be like – and it’s where ‘reading’ comes second to ‘playing’.

On the other hand, it certainly brings Lewis Carroll’s imaginative ideas for ‘Alice’ to life… With that in mind, I reckon the iPad could really do a successful job of imagining the work of Edward Lear.


Philip K. Dick

Recently stumbled upon this letter on the Philip K. Dick Trust website which he wrote shortly before he died.

Having studied the adaptation of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep into Blade Runner, I was surprised to discover he had never actually seen Ridley Scott’s vision of his work. However, the thoughtful and enthusiastic tone of his take on footage he had seen of the film on TV are thoroughly positive:

“Blade Runner is going to revolutionise our conceptions of what science fiction is and, more, can be… My life and creative work are justified and completed by Blade Runner.”

As an aside, this 2007 profile of Philip K Dick in the New Yorker offers, for me, both a thorough overview and compelling insight into his work and work:

“Reading his life… one has a sense not of a man of thwarted ambition but, rather, of a man burning up with ideas and observations who found in a pop form the perfect vehicle for expressing them.”

J.D. Salinger, RIP

J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye (published nearly 60 years ago) died today, aged 91.

Presumably, this opens the possibility that his classic book may one day be filmed because, up until his death, he remained steadfast in his opinion that ‘Catcher’ was unfilmable and that Holden Caulfield is unactable.