by Kelvin Smith
Buying local, reading global, taking opportunities to taste and savour, makes reading central to a grounded cosmopolitanism. All regions attract visitors, friends and foes, predatory species and dangerous drones. Island culture is culture in danger.
If it’s from there, it doesn’t mean having to go there. When publishing becomes an instrument of global power and cultural persuasion, give the scales a nudge back to balance, encourage the flagging, make judgments warily. Too much dashing is dangerous.
Tracking origins and tracking originality isn’t always necessary or possible, and high-end value tends to become less personal, hidden behind corporate instruments and anonymity, like the distant bidders at global art auctions.