Friday, August 17, 2012

Books vs. the iPad

William H. Gass, who visited the Institute in September 1995, and author of the much-reprinted essay, "The Defense of the Book" is a new convert to electronic literature:

"Devotees of the old-fashioned printed book who are distressed by the onrushing digital future — and there are more of them out there than you might think — cherish William H. Gass’s 1999 essay, “A Defense of the Book.” Personally, I own multiple copies, including its original appearance in Harper’s magazine, its reappearance in Mr. Gass’s collection, A Temple of Texts, even a slightly strange limited edition done in cardboard. Nothing has ever summed up so well the book’s virtues as an object."

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