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Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word

Matthew Battles
Item #: D80541
Pages/Publication Date: 2015 / 262
ISBN: 9780393058857
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Why does writing exist, and what does it mean to those who write? Born from the interplay of natural and cultural history, the act of writing has continually expanded our consciousness, posits Matthew Battles. Now, as the revolution once wrought by the printed word gives way to the digital age, many fear that the art of writing, and the nuanced thinking it nurtures, are under threat. But writing itself, says Battles, strives for permanence, even as it arises from growth and transfiguration. Also the author of Library: An Unquiet History, Battles celebrates the impulse to invent, record, and make one's mark, from Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets to the computer code of today.

 

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