In the week’s context “Read an eBooK” (2nd-8th March 2014), Fotis Dousos shares his thoughts on digital reading with you.
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A while back I started to write, with a certain self-sarcastic mood, a small text with the provocative title “Frotteurism”. Amongst the other things written on it:
“We like to touch, to caress, and to fondle books, like common frotteurs. Should someone deprive us of the natural, unmediated contact with the object of our desire, we are left feeling miserable, inconsolable and deeply wronged. All these cries, which fling all around, detached, for the upcoming extinction of the book as a physical object (and it being replaced by its digital successor) are triggered by people like us.
With my hand I touch the object of my desire. My fingertips trace its slightly coarse surface. I follow its “flow”. I feel the energy which envelopes it.  We touch with our open palm the beloved leather bound cover and wonder, in modesty, how many times we suppressed the impulsive desire to stick our lips firmly to it, like kissing a beloved face…”
So far so good, and a book, as a fetish object, is a blessing. However, there is a big “BUT”, in fact, not just one “BUT”, but a lot of them. For some time now, a big public conversation has taken place about the gains, but also the dangers of the arrival of eBooks and the repercussions of an upcoming extinction of the book as a physical object. Dozens of arguments may develop from both sides, and they will all have a dose of truth. However, all arguments may lose part of their significance if we focus our interest on the act of reading (is it really an “act”?)
The famous literary critic, Harold Bloom, writes in one of his books (How to Read and Why- no it is not an eBook): “Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you, because it is, at least in my experience, the most healing of pleasures”.
Amongst those who love reading, a few of us would disagree with this nice and key wording. The act of reading, had, has, and will continue to have a deeply therapeutic value. It is a remedy which contributes on an existential level.
It concerns everybody and it spreads to many areas of the human experience. Let us read then. Especially now that, in a large degree, it is also free!

Meet Fotis…
Fotis Dousos was born in Serres in 1980. He has studied theater at the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From the year 2005 to 2008, he worked as a theater pedagogue in elementary schools. He is one of the founding members of the band “Darnakes” and has recorded with them three albums (Virgo 2005, AnoKato Records, Libra-The Arranged Marriage of Antigone 2010, Parousia Records-Scorpio, 2013, independent production), and has performed in many concerts in Greece and abroad.
In 2009, along with Alexis Raptis and Fenia Mayou, he founded the drama team Hippo, which specializes in the area of children’s theatre and educational drama. His book, Chimera: Short Stories and Tall tales, for the young and older readers, has been released by Saita Publications.
You may download it here.
Contact Fotis at the email:
(The picture which accompanies the article came from this address)

Translation: Metaxia Tzimouli

Editing: Tina Moschovi

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