In last week’s column, I reflected on what television has become over the last decade—a trend that has become even more solidified in 2012. With the rise of DVRs and streaming video-on-demand, we’re seeing a pronounced rise in serial dramas, shows with complex storylines and impeccably-developed characters. As television shows are devoured, in many cases,
The Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once said, “I always imagine Paradise as a kind of a library.” This quote was one of the many thoughts racing through my mind one evening last week, as I sat at a small wooden table in the Cultural Center de Mesilla, surrounded by books. Across from me sat
As of December 2010, there were more than 266,848,000 Internet sites on the World Wide Web. If you tried to spend five seconds on each site that exists today, and you surfed continuously without food or sleep, it would take you more than 211 years to visit them all.
For years, I’ve been a collector of cultural artifacts. Over fifteen years or so, I’ve amassed a thoughtful and expansive collection of rare books—many signed, many first editions. And, for the most part, it’s a collection that I’m proud of. Additionally, I have thousands of albums and hundreds of films. I moved recently, just across