Sunday, February 26, 2023

Physical possession

I own so many books, DVDs, and CDs—now also available streaming or in my Kindle library—that I have wondered how many I should keep. Commenting on the question because of the Dahl controversy:
...[T]he London Times is reporting that “owners” of electronic versions of the “offending” Dahl books are having their versions retrospectively altered. This is all too credible, I fear, and a reminder that in our current era it’s a good idea to own physical CDs, DVDs, and books that might be...vulnerable. Book burnings, at least, have to be carried out in public, and we are not (the odd incident apart) there yet.
Andrew Stuttaford, "Puffin’s (Largely) Cosmetic ‘Concession’ on Roald Dahl," National Review, Feb. 26, 2023.

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