I love living in the modern world and engage with many of the perks that come with it; the internet, e-readers, smartphones, ipods and so on but however much I enjoy their convenience and ever impressive extra features, there is a small part of me that loves holding onto bygone eras.
You will sooner find me tucked in a corner with a much used copy of my favourite paperback than you will with my Kindle and though I will happily download digital copies of songs I like to listen to while I’m on the go, I love nothing more than adding my favourite albums to my modest but continually growing collection of vinyl records.
Even as a writer, I love having my book available for Kindles, as any method we can use to increase the level of access to literature should be celebrated, but when going through the publishing process, it was the physical copy I couldn’t wait to hold in my hands and treasure for years to come.
I thought briefly that it was something of a contradiction that I use both old and new but have decided perhaps it’s actually a good way to be: Embracing the advancements of the future without disregarding the beauty and charm of the past. After all, we wouldn’t have e-readers without books or ipods without records.
Do you prefer old-fashioned books and music to modern forms? Are there any other aspects of the past you like to try and maintain?