- Sep 2018
it taught me a great deal about my reading habits
Yeah, this is what I hope our readings of Melville do: make the act of reading, in all its materiality, move to the foreground.
I decided to read Little Dorrit four ways: paperback, audiobook, Kindle, and iPhone.
Okay, so the piece shows its age a bit here, but the broad point about the "liquid text" that can be poured into different formats/containers is still quite relevant. I note, though, that the author slips between medium and material support here. An audiobook is a medium that can be materialized various ways (as we discussed last week, wax cylinder, LP, cassette, smartphone), whereas the Kindle is a piece of plastic, a "material support" in the book history lingo.