Our college is hosting almost 50 high school students this week, all working on an intensive writing/thinking/debating/research project (the one my whole department taught yesterday afternoon). While shepherding them through exercises to give them practice with print and online resources, one of my coworkers overheard a student saying, “I hate books. They’re so dirty.”
Really? Wow. More dirty than the keyboards on which you’re all typing merrily away? Personally, I’d take a little dust over a bunch of microbes any day, but that’s just me.