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The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books
 
 
Author
Jeff Martin & C. Max Magee, eds.
Publisher Soft Skull  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.15 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781593764043
Pages/Publication Date 165/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32386
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From Gutenberg's press and Edison's phonograph to the iPod and the e-reader, the ways we create, distribute, and absorb information have changed dramatically, and continue to change. In this quaint, old-fashioned delivery system known as a "book," Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee gather some of today's finest writers to consider the sea change in publishing that is upon them. Lauren Groff imagines an array of fantastical futures for writers, from poets with groupies to novelists as vending machines. Rivka Galchen writes about the figurative and literal death of paper. Joe Meno expounds upon the idea of a book as a place set permanently aside for the imagination, regardless of format.

"This book is lively, smart, funny, wildly creative, and gives me great hope for the future of writing."—A.J. Jacobs

"What a fun and timely book this is. I sat down to read it expecting a coroner's report and found a manifesto instead. Maybe it's not time to go back to work at Applebee's yet, after all."—John Wray

"The order of this anthology feels particularly poignant.... Many writers in the early pages reflect, not surprisingly, on the 'experience' of a 'real' book that anyone wondering about the future of print (and therefore reading this very book) will identify with, but ... [these] musings ultimately serve as a point of departure. In a solicitous email exchange, Jonathan Lethem and David Gates swap thoughts on how the characters in their own fiction handle technology, a question that feels more pertinent, somehow, to our reading culture than the means through which we engage with stories. Ander Monson pragmatically reminds us that 'we all desire narrative,' the persistence of which does feel hopeful here–but is also, simply, true. Deb Olin Unferth brings necessary perspective as she widens the lens: books aren't the only things that are dying and to mourn them alone would be myopic."—Publishers Weekly

 
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