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Publisher Comments:

Readings combines the best of Sven Birkerts's previously published criticism with vital new essays. A dazzling writer whose clarity, rigor, and far-flung intellectual curiosity have been widely praised, Birkerts the literary critic is in top form in these pages. Whether discussing Elizabeth Bishop or Don DeLillo, Rilke or Kerouac, Keats or The Great Gatsby, he brings fresh insight, sharp thinking, and reflective sensitivity to each of his subjects.

A brilliant cultural commentator, Birkerts also addresses broader, more associative topics, such as biography and the enigma of poetic inspiration, contemporary nostalgia, our modern sense of time, and the future of the creative spirit. As Jonathan Franzen wrote in The New Yorker, "Birkerts on reading fiction is like M.F.K. Fisher on eating or Norman Maclean on fly casting. He makes you want to go do it." This is writing about reading at its best.

Book News Annotation:

A champion of reading in the electronic age, Birkerts (Mount Holyoke College) combines selections from his four previous books with new essays to discuss authors ranging from Robert Musil to Don DeLillo and topics such as biography, the enigma of poetic inspiration, nostalgia, the modern sense of time, and the future of the creative spirit. The collection is not indexed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

One of the pivotal critics of our times champions the creative spirit in an age of intense distraction, tackling such subjects as manufactured nostalgia and commercialism.

About the Author

Sven Birkerts is also the author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. He teaches at Mount Holyoke College, is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

I

The Millennial Warp

American Nostalgias

Sense and Semblance: The Implications of Virtuality

The Idea of the Internet

Walking after Midnight

Only God Can Make a Tree

Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man; or, Why I Can't in Good Conscience Write about Noam Chomsky

II

An Open Invitation to Extraterrestrials

Biography and the Dissolving Self

The Grasshopper on the Windowsill

States of Reading

Against the Current

Reading and Depth of Field

Docufiction

"Poetry" and "Politics"

Running Out of Gas

Second Thoughts

This Year's Canon

III

When Lightning Strikes

On a Stanza by John Keats

Rainer Maria Rilke

Robert Lowell

Seamus Heaney

Atmospheres of Identity: Elizabeth Bishop

The Leaning Umbrella: A Reflection on Flaubert

A Gatsby for Today

Jack Kerouac

Destinies of Character

Don DeLillo's Underworld

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972837
Author:
Birkerts, Sven
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
St. Paul, Minn. :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
American
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
9.56 x 5.72 x 0.805 in

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