The teenage self who discovered Will Durant’s Story of Civilization in the late 70s could not have predicted the mode of their rediscovery. I am reading v. 5, on the Renaissance, in a pdf format in the Goodreader app for iPad, which can be readily annotated. A finger-gesture away are the American Heritage or Encyclopedia Britannica apps, to clarify, amplify or condense a discussion or allusion in Durant. Inside Goodreader, I also have access to Wikipedia, Google search and iOS 5′s integrated dictionary. When walking to the store or jogging, I have in the past several months listened on my mp3 player to all of the first five volumes of the Durants’ series, books which in the preceding 30-some years I had often consulted but only ever intended to reread in whole. (What verbal miracles are wrought by the mellifluous and virtually infallible reader Alexander Adams of Books on Tape.) I can hardly absorb every word of the audio version, but it carries me through the whole vast multi-threaded narrative. I feel that I am beginning to give the Durants their due.