Sven Birkerts
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). 

Written by Sven Birkerts

Essay/
Meaning and the good life
On serendipity

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

Essay/
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?

Sven Birkerts

Essay/
Death
Last words

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?

Sven Birkerts

Essay/
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

Sven Birkerts