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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Graywolf Press
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Sara Habein
Heady, intellectual ruminations on the state of culture and literature. This is a book for the concept-over-character readers, who like to discuss the meanings of ideas rather than the people who create them.

My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.
Oct 12, 2007 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all book lovers
Shelves: essay, anthologies
My favorite of the Birkerts books I've read. It's a joy to watch his mind at work.
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Sven Birkerts is an American essayist and literary critic of Latvian ancestry. He is best known for his book The Gutenberg Elegies, which posits a decline in reading due to the overwhelming advances of the Internet and other technologies of the "electronic culture."

Birkerts graduated from Cranbrook School and then from the University of Michigan in 1973. He has taught writing at Harvard University
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