Director, writing seminars; Editor, Bennington College, Vermont
Sven Birkerts is the former director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He is the author of The Gutenberg Elegies, and, more recently, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age (2015) and The Other Walk: Essays (2011).
Beauty and aesthetics
The unearned gift
How does it feel when writer’s block finally gives way, and what is it that brings back the grace of creation?
As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?
Consciousness and altered states
The art of attention
The peculiar vividness of the world becomes clear when we slow down and attend, learning to see all things anew
Meaning and the good life
A decades-long conversation between friends about books, photography and life, exploring what it is to know, to look, to see
Sven Birkerts & Christopher Benfey