An Amicable Apology for the Physical Book

I composed the following essay in the months trailing the death in late 2015 of my friend Brett Foster, a poet, Renaissance scholar, and bibliomaniac. The section on the happy fate of hundreds of volumes of Brett’s library appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Hedgehog Review and is now available on Hedgehog‘s website as both text and an audio file. In the now nearly two years since I composed the piece, the future of the physical book has begun to seem less dire thanks to the signs of what…