The End of Books, Plus New Insults For Long-Dead Ayn Rand

“Books, I think, are dead. You cannot fight the zeitgeist and you cannot fight corporations. The genius of corporations is that they force you to make decisions about how you will live your life and then beguile you into thinking that it was all your choice. Compact discs are not superior to vinyl. E-readers are not superior to books. Lite beer is not the great leap forward…. I also believe that everything that happens to you as you grow older makes it easier to die, because the world you once lived in, and presumably loved, is gone.”
 — Humorist Joe Queenan has some thoughts on books, and also describes Ayn Rand as “a fascist and a creep, either of which could be forgiven. But she also cannot write.”