The Virtues of Looking at Pieces of Paper

Did you catch that the Obama Presidential Center is going to be all digital?

Yes, I saw that. I don’t want anyone deciding what’s going to be digital. I don’t want anything standing between me and the papers. I think the younger generation doesn’t know what it’s like to hold the actual thing in your hand. Right now in my research I’m looking at the cable traffic that was sent between Military Assistance Command Vietnam, which was the military’s headquarters in Saigon, and the White House. To see that cable traffic, to hold in your hand what Johnson was reading? I can’t even explain it to you.

—From author Robert Caro in a New York Times Magazine Q and A titled “Robert A. Caro on means and ends.”

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