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The way we absorb information has changed dramatically. Edison’s phonograph has been reincarnated as the ipod. Celluloid went digital. But books, for the most part, have remained the same – until now. And while music and movies have undergone an almost Darwinian evolution, the literary world now faces a revolution, a sudden seismic change in the way we buy, produce, and yes, read books. In The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee gather some of today’s finest writers to consider the changes that lie ahead. Lauren Groff imagines an array of fantastical futures for writers, from poets with groupies to novelists as vending machines. Rivka Galchen writes about the figurative and literal death of paper. Joe Meno explains the idea of a book as a place set permanently aside for the imagination, regardless of format. These and other original essays by different writers provide a timely and much-needed commentary on this compelling cultural crossroad. Jeff Martin is an author and editor. He is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and writes regularly for Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, and The Millions.
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