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Is literature dead? Or, how to read books in the digital age
Is literature dead? Or, how to read books in the digital age

Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book-reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the time to read a book at all?  The first question is raised by Jordan Ellenberg, a mathematician at the University of Wisconsin, who claims to have come up with a metric for "the summer non-read, the book that you pick up, all full of ambition, at the beginning of June and put away, the bookmark now and forever halfway through chapter 1, on Labor Day." The emerging winner and probably the permanent champion in this category is Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-...

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