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- Aug 21 20161 minute
Literature’s Very Worst Endings
SADIE STEIN ENDINGS ARE VERY, VERY HARD—the greater question is less why books disappoint than why any succeed. Each of these is a good book written by someone of great skill who, for whatever reason, choked, rushed, or otherwise ran a narrative off
- Jan 9 20177 minutes
All of Human Knowledge Buried in a Salt Mine
Fearful of digital decay, a ceramicist wants to return data storage to a more lasting medium: clay.
- Jan 7 201610 minutes
The Deep Space of Digital Reading: Why we shouldn’t worry about leaving print behind.
In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness, which took place around the 10th century A.D.: the advent of silent reading. Human beings have been reading for
- Feb 6 20171 minute
Four Roads Diverge In A Wood
SARAH BEGLEY CERTAIN BOOKS LEAVE READERS FEELING THEY KNOW EVERY MINUTE detail of a character’s inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. Paul Auster’s massive new novel, 4 3 2 1, is such a book. The concept behind the 8
- Dec 7 201618 minutes
2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Everyone has someone on their holiday shopping list who’s impossible to buy for. For the second year in a row, we asked Atlantic readers to describe their someone, and brainstormed a few perfect gift ideas for them.
- Aug 29 20137 minutes
Paper Versus Pixel: The science of reading shows that print and digital experiences are complementary.
On the occasion of the inaugural Nautilus Quarterly, we asked Nicholas Carr to survey the prospects for a print publication. Here he shows why asking if digital publications will supplant printed ones is the wrong question. Gutenberg we know. But wh