The Gutenberg Elegies

Sven Birkerts
December 14, 2006

Critic Sven Birkerts explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, The Gutenberg Elegies explores how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life, posing questions along the way like: What does it mean to "hear" a book on audiotape or decipher its words in electronic form on a laptop screen? Can the world created by Henry James exist in an era defined by the work of Bill Gates? Are books as we know them dead?