The New York Times has a fascinating but worrying article about the efforts being taken to preserve the digital archives of novelist Salman Rushdie. Among other problems, the technology on which materials were created simply becomes obsolete too quickly: “Imagine having a record but no record player.”
That’s a good analogy, but what this story really makes us think of is this:
Which in turn makes us want to stock up on all our favorite apocalyptic books—in hard copy. We’ll probably start with World War Z, The Road, The Brief History of the Dead, Y: The Last Man, Wastelands, Golden Days, and of course, Rushdie’s own The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Please, let us have the time.