Good reading for tech crabs

Schöner und interessanter Artikel in/auf The Boston Globe über LibriVox von Carlo Rotella, director of American studies at Boston College.

As opposed to the professionally produced audiobooks sold on commercial sites, readings on LibriVox are often uneven, which is part of their charm. Several volunteers might collaborate on a longer work, so that a woman with a lilting Italian accent will read a couple of chapters of an Edith Wharton novel and then be succeeded by a man who sounds like he stopped for a beer in Erie last week and just woke up in Buffalo. Reading may be the quintessential solitary activity, but these collaboratively read books become a kind of aural community, crowded with not only authors’ and characters’ voices but also those of readers. Here, oddly, within a book, is a technologically enabled, meaningful connection to other people of the sort that gadget makers’ ads are always unconvincingly promising to provide.

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