Nick Bilton, the Times "Bits" blogger, wrote an odious post this morning about the nostalgia induced by paper books. While wandering aimelessly around Manhattan, Bilton stumbles into a moldering used bookstore straight out of Gremlins and is overcome with feeling:
The scent of physical books
— the paper, the ink, the glue — can conjure up memories of a summer
day spent reading on a beach, a fall afternoon in a coffee shop, or an
overstuffed chair by a fireplace as rain patters on a windowsill.