What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

Even readers who buy a printed book outright often do so in the expectation that they'll own it only temporarily. ... Nothing more humbling than spotting the novel I assigned last semester back on my campus bookstore's shelves, ...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to look beyond the day's news, the willingness to be alone. The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked. Print-era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. In encounters with librarians, booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike. Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, 2020

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Leah Price
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-08-20 - Publisher: Hachette UK

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (And Love)
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Andy Merrifield
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-01 - Publisher: OR Books

In often dreamlike peregrinations around his home towns of Liverpool, London and New York Andy Merrifield reflects on what cities mean to us and how they shape the way we think. As he wanders, Merrifield’s reveries circle questions: Can we talk about cities in the absolute, discovering their essence beneath
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Raymond Carver
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-28 - Publisher: Random House

This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people
Bookishness
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jessica Pressman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-01 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

Twenty-first-century culture is obsessed with books. In a time when many voices have joined to predict the death of print, books continue to resurface in new and unexpected ways. From the proliferation of “shelfies” to Jane Austen–themed leggings and from decorative pillows printed with beloved book covers to bookwork sculptures
B-Side Books
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: John Plotz
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-01 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

There are the acknowledged classics of world literature: the canonical works assigned in schools, topping every must-read list . . . and then there are the B-Sides. These are the books that slipped through the cracks, went unread, missed their rightful appointment with posterity. They were ahead of their times