The European: You do draw a lot of inspiration from books. What are books better at than the Internet?
Popova: Literature is the original Internet – every footnote, every citation, every allusion is essentially a hyperlink to another text, to another mind. The difference – the advantage, for me at least – is that in books, those “links” don’t beckon as immediate demands for our attention, redirecting us elsewhere before we’ve finished the present thought, but serve instead as gentle invitations to extend this thought once we’ve finished absorbing and digesting it. There’s something to be said for the value of slow, continuous, deliberate thinking, which remains the forte of books and the Achilles heel of the vast majority of the web."