The Written Word

The written word has always been a way for anyone to show their opinions to the world and throughout history has changed. The first real attempts at writing were small images or markings to represent sounds or things. However from that point it has expanded exponentially to the point where anyone (such as myself) can post my thoughts and ideas on the internet for the entire world to see with minimal effort. Now in the last millennium or so a book has been the go to source for good writing.

Now my class was lucky enough to go on a field trip to Macleod’s bookstore and the Vancouver public library.  The library was truly stunning. Many levels of books books and more books made it difficult to find anything specific but thanks to computers used to search the library I was able to pinpoint the location where some relevant books should have been. Unfortunately there were housed in compact shelving and therefore i could not retrieve it without assistance. It was difficult to find someone who could access the shelving but I was thankful when I found someone that could. Just to make things annoying the book was not there so unfortunately I did not retrieve any books on Elvis Presley.                                                                                  Macleod’s bookstore was surreal. It is also the true embodiment of the saying “controlled chaos”.  Books thrown everywhere on the floor on the shelves and some even laid simply in piles or strewn against walls. Now while it is basically anarchy inside there is a sense of calm and beauty with the way things work. As always just being surrounded by books makes one feel that they should be quiet and calm as much as they might want to do otherwise. The smell of old books calms the nerves and makes one feel at home with their surroundings. Now as nice as all that is I was (thankfully) able to find a book that appears quite interesting called “The Serpent And The Rainbow”. Thus far it has been about one scientist who is trying to figure out Haitian zombie’s and how they work. To the point at which I have reached it is a compelling story that has asked some big questions which are difficult if at all possible to answer.

So in the end it was great day looking at the written word and how it has affected the world.

One thought on “The Written Word”

  1. Love it, great post, Anthony! Excellent pics as well – did you take these?

    Tracing the evolution of the written word from the dusty books at MacLeod’s to your post here is an interesting angle to raise, as well, and forces us to contemplate how the libraries and bookstores of the future will leverage the new forum for individual publishing that the Internet offers. Will we always go to ‘places’ to seek out knowledge (or organize it), like libraries or bookstores? Or will the fact that information is everywhere – and all the time – mean that our pursuit of knowledge will become that much more scattered?

    Enjoyed your post,

    Mr. J

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