C.S. Lewis said if we could read only old books or new we should choose the old.
If you chose the old I guess in time the new would become old so you’d get to read them too.
But the idea that I might be dictated to so that I was able to read only one or the other feels like Hobson’s choice to me.
I have a lot of old favorites which I re-read and enjoy afresh but I also enjoy discovering new works by authors whose earlier volumes I’ve liked and encountering works by authors new to me.
I am fortunate to have the ability and, quite often, the time to read old books and new and I”m grateful for that.