We promised you gripping summer reads so this week’s pick may surprise you (generally beach reads are fiction but hear us out) as we love this look at the art of of the internet or the internet as art. Wired calls it one of summer’s 14 must reads.
“Just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television, Virginia Heffernan (called one of the “best living writers of English prose”) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet.”
Virginia Heffernan writes regularly about digital culture for The New York Times Magazine and is probably best known for her hilarious comic novel The Underminer (which she cowrote with Mike Albo whom two Stowaway team members miss quite a bit from the pages of the Times). So we were thrilled that she had come out with a new book that takes on the internet’s past, present and future in her uniquely gripping rhetoric called Magic and Loss: The Internet As Art.
“Readers will be enthralled by Heffernan’s unique take on this popular entity. Tech-savvy readers will be drawn to this book, but the concept of technology as creative expression should also entice art lovers. Most important, readers will be encouraged to appreciate the Internet not only for its ability to connect us to one another and information but also for its beauty.”—Library Journal