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Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling

thelifeguardlibrarian:

I love this; I love stories aloud.

I find that when I listen to a story, instead of reading it on a page, my memory of the book does change. I remember more of the action and less of the language, although sometimes when I listen a sentence will drop into my mind and shock me into attention in a way that is less common when I read. (Mind you, it helps to have a good reader.) You don’t check back on previous paragraphs or read the last page first when you listen. You move forward, and what you carry with you is person and event.

So true!

A silent Library is a sad Library. A Library without patrons on whom to pile books and tales and knowing and magazines full of up-to-the-minute politickal fashions and atlases and plays in pentameter! A Library should be full of exclamations! Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens uncovered or the wild adventures of devil-knows-who sent romping out of the pages. A Library should be full of now-just-a-minutes and that-can’t-be-rights and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong. It should positively vibrate with laughing at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies! A Library should not shush; it should roar!
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. (via laura-in-libraryland)

(Source: bookavore)

Look around! We have so much to WORK with! So many different things- things that no one would DREAM of putting together! We cannot HELP but do something new! Something INTERESTING! …When things are put into conjunction in a way never before seen… yes… THAT is when one can truly glimpse the MECHANICS OF THE UNIVERSE! …The results of logic- of “natural progression?” BORING! An “expected result?” DULL! An “obvious next step?” PFUI! Where’s the fun in THAT? We want to see the UNEXPECTED! THE STRANGE AND TERRIBLE! A dream merely soothes- but our NIGHTMARES make us RUN!
Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius (via phoenixcalamity)

For most of the human race, pretty much all of the lifespan of the human race, information was currency. Information was like gold. It was rare, it was hard to find, it was expensive. You could get your information, but you had to know where to go, you had to know what you were looking at, you had to know how to find your information. It was hard. And librarians were the key players in the battle for information, because they could go and get and bring back this golden nugget for you, the thing that you needed.

Over the last decade, which is less than a blink of an eye in the history of the human race, it’s all changed. And we’ve gone from a world in which there is too little information, in which information is scarce, to a world in which there is too much information, and most of it is untrue or irrelevant. You know, the world of the Internet is the world of information that is not actually so. It’s a world of information that just isn’t actually true, or if it is true, it’s not what you needed, or it doesn’t actually apply like that, or whatever. And you suddenly move into a world in which librarians fulfill this completely different function.

We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a lump of gold, to a forest, to this huge jungle in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple. So I think from that point of view, the time of librarians, and the time of libraries—they definitely haven’t gone anywhere.

[Neil Gaiman talks about his love of libraries.] (via watchhowisoar)

And I stand by every word of it.

(via neil-gaiman)

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