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We may all be working on the EASY part of a bigger and harder problem.
Bush, Engelbart, Nelson: all were concerned first with helping us find the ideas we need.
But what if we cannot read what we know me must read? I read a lot. Most of us do. But let me be honest: there are many, many books that I really ought to have read. I haven't read them. It's embarrassing.
I haven't read all of Shakespeare. I haven't read War and Peace. I haven't read Milton, or Spenser, or Boswell's Life of Johnson. Or Johnson.
I haven't read Nietzsche, or Rilke, or Goethe, or Racine, or Isaac Bashevis Singer. I've read little Derrida, no Llosa, no Pynchon, no Bellow, no DeLillo, no Gass. I've missed Das Kapital and Tale of Genji and the Talmud. I could go on...
We each hold this guilt, I suspect, this dirty secret. Pretending it's not a problem won't solve it. We need more than access to live up to our ideals.
In the end, it's not enough to interlink our literature. We need to create something newer and better.