By (author) Geoffrey O'Brien
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Browser's Ecstasy by Geoffrey O'Brien
Book DescriptionFrom one of the most original writers now at work, an expansive, learned, and utterly charming reverie on what it means to be lost in a book. . Louis Menand, writing in The New Yorker , called Geoffrey O'Brien's The Phantom Empire "a prose poem about the pleasures and distractions of movie-watching," "an ambitiously literary attempt to write about the [mystery of the] medium as though it were a dream the author had just awakened from." Now, in The Browser's Ecstasy , O'Brien has written a prose poem about reading, a playful, epigrammatic nocturne upon the dream-state one falls into when "lost in a book," upon the uncanny, trancelike pleasure of making silent marks on paper utter sounds inside one's head. We call The Browser's Ecstasy a "Meditation on Reading," but like any truly original book-and especially the short book that goes both far and deep-it resists easy summary and classification. As Luc Sante once wrote, "The density of O'Brien's work makes word count irrelevant as an index of substance; he is seemingly capable of compressing entire encyclopedias into his parenthetical asides. I defy you to name any precedent for what he does. He's a school unto himself."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781582432458
(127mm x 123mm x 10mm)
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geoffrey O'Brien
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Hardback (November 2012)
Ten years in the making, the eighteenth edition of the longest-lived and bestselling collection of quotations in history introduces hundreds of new quotations from writers all over the world.
Bartlett's Poems for Occasions, Hardback (September 2004)
This title offers a collection of the world's greatest poems, organised for every occasion, public and private, from birth to death and everything in between.
Dream Time, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Geoffrey O'Brien
A mix of memoir, novel and cultural history, this work looks at sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll in the American 1960s. It conveys the impact of the late 60s counterculture and the ways in which the psychedelic and countercultural currents of the era played themselves out in younger lives.
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