Slate’s Jack Shafer is over books. “The ancient ceremony of reading by turning pages [is] being disrupted by clicks and swipes. Books are being replaced by reading.” Much more difficult to abide, he writes, is the loss of the book party. To which we say, Eh. Electronic ventures almost always throw better parties than traditional publishing concerns.
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David is the Founding Editor of BETA, Matador's new print magazine. His guidebook to Yosemite, the Southern Sierra Nevada and Death Valley earned him a 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and was named "Best Guidebook of 2008" by the Outdoor Writers Association of California. He has written for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men's Journal and The New York Times. He lives on the edge of one of the largest calderas on earth, in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, his two boys, and an illegal migrant canine avatar of the Aztec god Xolotl.