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Condensed Classics

No, not Book-a-Minute SF, but close enough. From CNN:

Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages. The company claims the service will be a valuable resource for studying for exams.

Academic purists will be horrified. Hamlet’s famous query, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” becomes “2b? Nt2b? ???”

John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” begins “devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war.” (“The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.”)

“Take for example the ending to Jane Eyre — ‘MadwyfSetsFyr2Haus.’ (Mad wife sets fire to house.) Was ever a climax better compressed?”

Sigh. Is there any more we could do to encourage people to read less?

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on Condensed Classics

  1. I’m all for encouraging people to read, but this sounds plain stupid.:-S

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