My time ran out for listening to the CD recording of "A Tale for the Time Being," fiction by Ruth Ozeki, and I had to return it. Other readers were waiting for it. Yet, I did not want to let loose of this story about the intertwining of a writer with an unknown, unknowable reader, and the realm of the written word they share. Yet, unlike the Japanese teenager's diary washed up on the Pacific shore of Canada, this novel endowed me with no ownership rights as its finder.
Thus, I turned to hoopla, the library's new eMedia streaming service. In addition to feature films, television shows and all kinds of music, hoopla offers eAudiobooks. The collection includes, "A Tale for the Time Being." Borrowing this title from hoopla, I entered again the intersecting realms of the book's narrators who exist worlds and years apart. From my place and time, I join and commune with them. Though I am unknown and unknowable to them, we sense each other in the grammar, vocabulary, and the sight and sound of words. That much we share and, by so sharing, we affirm each of us is present together in time. As "time beings," we create each other.
--Bob S. Rock Road Branch