Browser's Ecstasy

Browser's Ecstasy

by Geoffrey O'Brien


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Browser's Ecstasy by Geoffrey O'Brien

From 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."

Author Biography: A renowned poet, critic, editor, and cultural historian, Geoffrey O'Brien has received numerous awards and fellowships, and is the editor in chief of the Library of America. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582432458
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 04/28/2003
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 4.42(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.39(d)

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