Brass Word Publishing
knows the place of paper books. Tangible books are obsolescent, not obsolete. Paper books remain the most cost-effective data storage for sequential thought. Analog books have almost perfect digital security. Paper books are almost useless as mass propaganda because reading a book is a one-on-one conversation with the author.
Digital books can be centrally edited. Huckleberry Finn can now speak without the intrinsic racism of the rural 19th Century south. No cannibal needs to speak in Moby Dick. Traditional fairy tales can fit into the correct idiom of public education ethics, regardless of the time. Digital information is fungible and exists only as long as the digital platform is available. Imagine your favorite book was published on a 6.5-inch floppy disk in 1985. Imagine if officials decided your favorite book should disappear like old Kremlin leaders in the 1940s.
The price of freedom is perpetual combat against ideology. That is, perpetual battle against interlocking sets of ideas that require belief over wisdom. Brass Word seeks out books, old or new, that require the reader to “walk along” with the author. Contemporary state education opposes this with an educational conveyor belt. Brass Word publishes to oppose conveyance because it leads to an institutionalized individual that will eventually need to unlearn the states education education or live as a slave to habit and convenience.
As Ivan Illich said in Tools for Conviviality, “The habitual passenger cannot grasp the folly of traffic based overwhelmingly on transport. His inherited perceptions of space and time and of personal pace have been industrially deformed. He has lost the power to conceive of himself outside the passenger role. Addicted to being carried along, he has lost control over the physical, social, and psychic powers that reside in man’s feet. The passenger has come to identify territory with the untouchable landscape through which he is rushed. He has become impotent to establish his domain, mark it with his imprint, and assert his sovereignty over it. He has lost confidence in his power to admit others into his presence and to share space consciously with them. He can no longer face the remote by himself. Left on his own, he feels immobile.”