Thursday, June 9, 2022

Quote of the Day (Terry Teachout, on the Loss of Browsing in Online Book and Music Buying)

“Everybody knows that browsing is central to the experience of museum-going. It enables the serendipitous, horizon-widening discoveries that are part and parcel of an art lover’s education. Absent such discoveries, you’ll never know more than what you already knew going in. To put it another way, you may deepen your knowledge of art, but you won’t broaden it. And therein lies the problem of online book and record buying: By eliminating casual browsing, it deprives us of the opportunity to grow.” ― American critic, biographer, playwright, stage director, and librettist Terry Teachout (1956-2022), “Closing Our Browsers,” The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2014

The accompanying image of Terry Touchout was taken at the 2013 Texas Book Festival in Austin, on Oct. 27, 2013, by Larry D. Moore.

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