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By: Domingo Teteak

Mon, 17 May 2010 23:17:16 +0000

Hi, I searched for this page on Google and just wanted to say thanks for posting this top list. I would have to agree with it, thank you again!

By: Stefanie

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 23:51:00 +0000

Kate, I'm glad to hear Reading Life is good. I've had my eye on it. I think from your writer's perspective you will have some really interesting insites on Gutenberg Elegies especially when he talks about how computers have changed the writing process and not necessarily for the better. Thanks Litlove. There is definitely a shallowness of thought that prevails in the culture right now, an anti-intellectualism that has even seeped into the government. I'm hoping the pendulum will begin to swing back in the other direction sooner rather than later!

By: litlove

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 20:33:53 +0000

Wow fascinating - I love what you are saying about master narratives being challenged by individual narratives. That seems a brilliant reading of the situation. But I do agree that the superficiality of knowledge and the poverty of analysis in our culture will eventually have serious consequences. But so much that is thought provoking here!

By: Kate S.

Sat, 09 Jun 2007 02:48:32 +0000

I bought a copy of Gutenberg Elegies ages ago and haven't yet got round to reading it. You've encouraged me to move it further up the TBR pile! Added to your prompt is the fact that this week I've been reading and very much enjoying Birkerts new book, Reading Life: Books for the Ages. Each chapter is an essay on a different novel, several of which are favourites of mine, and others of which I'm keen to read. So far it's quite wonderful.

By: Stefanie

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 23:33:57 +0000

Dylan and Rod, I think you're both right, master narratives are information control. They also advocate a particular world-view. I agree that humans have a tendency to create those narratives. Maybe Birkerts just doesn't like the narratives that rarre currently being created. Thank you Verbivore. I agree with you that too much individualization is a bad thing and there is evidence of it everyday. Hopefully we will be able to find a happy balance. Danielle, I worried that the book would be maddening, but it is turning out not to be. He does ask important questions even if I don't always agree with his answers. Maggie, I hope you find the book and I hope you enjoy it. It just may have been me who mentioned Woman on the Edge of Time. It's one of my favorite books. Glad you enjoyed it! Dorothy, asking questions is always good even if they aren't popular, and Birkerts' questions tend not to be popular so I appreciate him for that. He is marvelous on writing about his personal reading experiences. Cipriano, you got to see Roger Waters so I think we are close to even ;)