Tolstoy's Dictaphone: Technology and the Muse
Graywolf Press, Aug 1, 1996 - Literary Collections - 266 pages
When the great Russian writer Tolstoy was first offered the use of a brand new invention called the Dictaphone, he refused it, saying that it was sure to be "too dreadfully exciting" and would distract him from his literary endeavors.
For this provocative launch of the Graywolf Forum series, Sven Birkerts invited a number of literary writers to tell him how they were reacting to the technological innovatios of our day. Do the "dreadful excitements" promised by a digital future cause us to forfeit our time-honored cultural traditions for dubious gain? Or will the electronic millennium usher in an unprecedented age of interconnectedness and opportunities for wider communication?
In the tradition of the Graywolf Annuals, this first Graywolf Forum presents a wide range of responses from contemporary creative writers.
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TOLSTOY'S DICTAPHONE: Technology and the MuseUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Stepping down a bit from his Arnoldian brand of technophobia, Birkerts (Gutenberg Elegies, 1994) gathers fellow writers' essays together to confront the wired future. The hot topic of the digitally ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - samwilson2007au - LibraryThing
This collection of essays and stories changed my life! That's probably putting it far too strongly, but in reading this book I did gain some greater level of comfort and clarity about using technology to support art (specifically writing onscreen). Read full review
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