Search Results: "Sven Birkerts"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER WALK by Sven Birkerts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"It's impossible to read these close-to-the-ground essays without reminiscing on one's own past, connecting the dots between possessions and emotions, say, or reconciling memories of old lovers and friends with the way things turned out."
Intellectualized personal remembrances of things past. Read full book review >

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READINGS by Sven Birkerts
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Pessimists about book culture will find plenty of simpatico musings; others had best check their optimism beforehand."
Apart from a few purely literary digressions, Birkerts (English/Mount Holyoke Coll.) continues to pluck at the nerve he first touched with his bibliophilic, anti-technology The Gutenberg Elegies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2007

"Birkerts is a dedicated reader and a novelist's best friend."
A literary critic (Readings, 1999, etc.) and professor (English/Harvard Univ.) revisits some novels he read years ago and finds in them both enduring beauty and a sometimes shifting resonance. Read full book review >

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TOLSTOY'S DICTAPHONE by Sven Birkerts
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though Birkerts packs this forum on the side of literary Ludditism, these varied responses to technophilia and the Information Age still have plenty of individual charm."
Stepping down a bit from his Arnoldian brand of technophobia, Birkerts (Gutenberg Elegies, 1994) gathers fellow writers' essays together to confront the wired future. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN ENERGIES by Sven Birkerts
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 17, 1992

"Recycled journalism: of interest for the subjects only, not for the author."
Fifty-odd essays on American letters and the American scene, by Harvard critic Birkerts (The Electric Life, 1988; An Artificial Wilderness, 1987), most of which consist of reviews already published in The Nation, The Atlantic, The New Republic, etc. Birkerts is an active and intelligent writer who spent most of the past decade observing the intellectual trends of the day: postmodernism, deconstruction, ``cultural literacy,'' video-mania, minimalism, etc. There was a lot to talk about and it kept him busy at the task: not many contemporary writers, and few contemporary movements, escape his notice here. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A piece of hard work, dredged and sifted often to the dregs of misery—but it registers and holds."
Keen, affecting, suspicious, evocative, subtly cool memoir of Birkerts's first 30 years. Read full book review >

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CHANGING THE SUBJECT by Sven Birkerts
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Cogent and thoughtful, if nostalgic, essays urging our attention not to iPads and smartphones but to art."
A literary critic questions the effect of digital technology on minds, literature, and creativity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A simplistic and unconvincing jeremiad."
An inveterate bookworm bemoans the end of a literary era. Read full book review >

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PORKER'S TAXI by Sven Nordqvist
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The book's small size (6''x7'') and simple, cartoony illustrations add to the appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Porker—the appealingly bulbous bear in Porker Finds a Chair (1989)—tries to use the wheelbarrow he's just found as a taxi. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"This is a useful, unpretentious volume that may give context and hope to the fight against racism, while admittedly charting no new territory."
Lindqvist (``Exterminate All the Brutes'': One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide, 1996, etc.) honors courageous visionaries from the 18th to the mid- 20th centuries who stood up to the prevailing racism of their time- -a well-intentioned notion only partially carried off. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"'New York has taught me to put capital and capitalists closer to the center of modern history,' Beckert writes. His account is a dazzlingly successful exercise in doing just that."
A fascinating history of New York during the late 19th-century, a time when big money was changing the face of the city. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE OF COTTON by Sven Beckert
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Of narrower interest than Monied Metropolis but a valuable contribution all the same."
Beckert (History/Harvard Univ.; The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896, 2001) writes convincingly of cotton as the impetus for a world-system kind of capitalism.Read full book review >