Implanting Forgetfulness in Our Souls
From Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books. Published by ECW Press in 2017. Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and The Convict Lover, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Kingston, ON.
Each of the paradigm shifts that pushed human communication forward has met with stiff resistance. Even the invention of writing. From the perspective of the twenty-first century, such resistance seems incomprehensible,
almost ridiculous. What kind of knob would say no to the written word?
Socrates, for one. In his dialogue Phaedrus, Plato has Socrates tell the story of the ancient Egyptian god Theuth, who invented geometry and