'Democracy is not possible without the written word. You cannot carry on an intellectual debate in the market-place of ideas via 30-second soundbites. For that you need books.'
Al Gore speaking at this week's Hay Festival, an event described by Bill Clinton as 'the Woodstock of the mind' (what is it about American politicians?)
* Follow this link for a report on Al Gore's Hay speech.
Now playing - Keith Jarrett's Book of Ways, The Feeling of Strings: 2CDs of improvisations on the clavichord which simply confirm that great music, like great books, should make you question every thing you have previously accepted.
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