"The Other Walk: Essays" (Graywolf) by Sven Birkerts. Available now

Birkerts, author of the classic collection ¿The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age¿ (1994), is one of the foremost essayists working today. He doesn't care about seeming cool or sounding smart; he writes what he thinks. In this new gathering, he combines his typically astute literary criticism with personal essays about his first post-college job at Borders Books in Ann Arbor, Mich.; the night he learned to play chess; and his reflections on Saul Bellow.
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Birkerts, author of the classic collection ¿The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age¿ (1994), is one of the foremost essayists working today. He doesn't care about seeming cool or sounding smart; he writes what he thinks. In this new gathering, he combines his typically astute literary criticism with personal essays about his first post-college job at Borders Books in Ann Arbor, Mich.; the night he learned to play chess; and his reflections on Saul Bellow.

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