Seriously disconnected from ever considering just how difficult it was to learn ANYTHING pre-1993, like every well researched book is a miracle. I can just look up stuff in depth and do it hundreds of times a day.
Half the achievement in reading a good novel pre-internet was how much more effort it was to be as casually well-read as we are today.
the mastodon instance at cybre.space is retired
see the end-of-life plan for details: https://cybre.space/~chr/cybre-space-eol