Don't give up on books. They feel so good -- their friendly heft, the sweet reluctance of their pages when you turn them with your sensitive fingertips. A large part of our brains is devoted to deciding whether what our hands are touching is good or bad for us. Any brain worth a nickel knows books are good for us.
Computers are insincere. Books are sincere.
And don't try to make yourself an extended family out of ghosts on the Internet.
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Agnes Scott College, 1999
It's way past time for an extended -- perhaps permanent -- breather from the horrors of this mechanized madness ...