memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

My new Kindle



I used to be a techno-snob

I observed each passing phase

With a tolerant disdain

Without worship or marvel

I bowed to its inevitability

I viewed the digital era as mass mediocrity

The mobile phone as a paradox

Of communication breakdown

My generation couldn’t type

Never saw the need

Shunned e-mail until

The last moment


Then my life suddenly changed

Radically, irrevocably

Fell into the pit

With the other losers

Equally decrepit

Scrabbling helpless

Feeling for the edge


Went into survival-mode

Had to relearn a load of stuff

In my solitary world

Can’t be squeamish

Sauve qui peut


Tech was my lifeline

Bought a laptop

Steep learning curve

Trained myself to the

Muscle of memory

Dash of culture

Bob’s your uncle


Began to tap the long climb back

Each word a painful hash

Each sentence a fatigue of correction

Each paragraph an exhausting triumph


Wrote a book

Fumbled ineptly through

The para-world of online

Self-publishing and

After about nine months

Gave birth to a pink

Wriggling little book

Like all parents

Inordinately proud


I have been reading

A book every day

For over 50 years

Though not the same book

Not the same book


Time was when I read voraciously

Long, squat dense paper-backs

With miniscule print

On cheap paper

Crime and Punishment

Look Homeward, Angel

Tristram Shandy

A Dance to the Music of Time

And so on

And so on


Of late my 60-year-old eyes are tiring

But not my 60-year-old mind

I still need to fuel my philosophy

Feed ideas into the gaping

Furnace of my being


So I, who have over two thousand

Books spilling out of every room

Of my little apartment

By the sea

And further hundreds

Spilling out of my room

Here at the Home

(What’s the best place to hide a book?

In a library, of course)

I have decided to go Kindle


Instant addiction

I love it

I love its lightness of being

The handiness of it

Above all I love its potential

The collected works of

Emil Zola

For a couple of Euros

Here I come!


Be cool

Go Kindle!

Comments on: "My new Kindle" (5)

  1. DONNA JONES said:

    hi tom- i haven’t been kindleized yet!  xdonna



  2. I love mine too Tom!

    I find it difficult with te weakness in my hands to hold a book and turn pages, so I have a touch kindle with a light and its in a case so Iprop it up when siting in bed and just have to tap it to turn a page. Also,( which may be a disadvantage!!) If I get bored I can order a new book and get it within minutes! Brilliant! But I still love my books and frequently sniff the pages!



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