Author:Millard, Elizabeth
Position:Book review

Andrei Codrescu (author); BIBLIODEATH; ANTIBOOKCLUB (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) 25.00 ISBN: 9780983868330

Byline: Elizabeth Millard

The unceasing pace of technology is creating a "bibliodeath" in which the written word is heading toward loss, some potential mourners believe. But that doomsday view ignores the evolutionary relationship between technology and language, Andrei Codrescu posits.

With a thought-provoking and highly philosophical style, Codrescu (author of numerous novels, poetry, and essays, including The Blood Countess and New Orleans, Mon Amour) attempts to encapsulate his forty-year career as a writer and commentator, and view his journey though a new lens.

"This is the story of a writer fast-tracked by the zeitgeist from the awakening of his mind in calligraphy to its maturity through a half-century of quickly morphing technologies of keyboards and memory," he writes in Bibliodeath's first essay. "It is intended to be a thriller."

While he delivers on that promise, his explorations aren't suspenseful in the conventional sense. Instead, he digs a rabbit hole for readers, leading them deeper into his sinuous thoughts, and drawing out insight along the way.

The direction of Codrescu's musings is often unpredictable. He describes his experiences as a young bohemian poet in the 1960s, with a notebook that became his whole world. It was his first archive, full of "religion, decadence and profanity," and when he loses it, the magnitude of the loss reaches...

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