It’s a scorching Sunday afternoon in Manila, with the temperature predicted to hit 35°C. Best to stay indoors until at least 5PM, folks!
I suggest watching this short film by The Bakery while waiting for things to cool down a bit. The Last Bookshop shows us a scenario that (sadly) has a good chance of happening in the future: a complete dependence on technology, which can lead to the “novelty” of printed books for the younger generation.
The short film also had an impact on me for the following reasons:
- That bookstore is gorgeous. Need I say more?
- Kids bonding with adults over a shared interest, and learning from them − this always gets me.
- “If I were to die, what happens to my books?” Right now, I don’t have much to give to the younger members of my family. My meager book collection can be handed down to them when I leave, and I think that out of everything I own, my books have the most value. They would give my nieces and nephews a good idea of who I am, what I like, what my interests are, and which worlds I love to get lost in. I can’t do this with e-books, seeing as I don’t really “own” what I’ve bought.
- The Harry Potter reference. And “Gamazon”. Nice touch.
- That ending. Heartbreaking, man.
Enough talk. Watch The Last Bookshop, then head to the nearest book store and take a whole trove of printed material home with you. Then read. As much as you can. Then read some more.
And… as always, this isn’t a sponsored post.