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The conversation comes up all

the damn time:

who needs books

when we have the Internet.

Books take up space,

collect dust, pages yellow, paperbacks fall apart,

they end up in boxes in the attic or beneath the stairs.

You don’t look things up

in books anymore. A few keystrokes

or a shout out to Alexa

and you have your answer!

So who needs books anyway?

Me. I do. Why?

Let me explain by way of analogy:

40 years back in grad school a student says

to the professor, Latin’s a dead language

so why do we bother learning it?

The prof, staring with that

what-are-you-an-idiot look on his face says

“Because intelligent people learn Latin, that’s why.”