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Gabriel Zaid

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Gabriel Zaid is a poet and essayist, and the founder and manager of a consulting firm in Mexico City. His literary work, social and cultural criticism, and business writings have been widely published throughout the Spanish-speaking world. He is a member of El Colegio Nacional and the Mexican vis mere Academy of Spanish Language. vis mindre

Værker af Gabriel Zaid

So Many Books (2003) 607 eksemplarer
Leer poesia (1987) 13 eksemplarer
La poesía en la práctica (1985) 10 eksemplarer
De los libros al poder (1988) 10 eksemplarer
Leer (2008) 10 eksemplarer
Reloj de sol (Spanish Edition) (1993) 8 eksemplarer
Tres poetas catolicos (1997) 5 eksemplarer
Cronologia Del Progreso (2012) 5 eksemplarer
El costo de leer y otros ensayos (2004) 4 eksemplarer
El progreso improductivo (1979) 4 eksemplarer

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Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer

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David.llib.cat | Jan 11, 2021 |
I read this book back in 2005. Here is what I wrote in my journal about it at the time:

>>Finished reading Gabriel Zaid's So Many Books, a short 144 pg. set of essays on books and reading. The author looks at readers, the publishing industry, and why e-books do not mean the end of printed books among other topics. It was a light, quick, and pleasant read; the book was engaging and relaxing. Highly recommended for those who love books about books and reading. I think the best comment or observation from the book is the notion of constellations of books. One of the points the author makes is that so many books are published that there are now more books than readers. But even though not every book reaches everyone, books still initiate or serve to foster conversations with the readers they do find. Books are as numerous as the stars, and those who distribute them, sellers, libraries, publishers, arrange them in particular constellations for potential readers. So it becomes a matter for readers to find their constellation or constellations. The author writes that "there are more books to contemplate than stars in a night on the high seas. In this immensity, how is a reader to find his personal constellation, those books that will put his life in communication with the universe?" (98). He views the moment when a reader finds his books as a miracle, and I have to say it is a miracle in a most wonderful way when a bit of exploring leads to a wonderful find, and this little book for me was my latest little miracle. What I wonder is what our personal constellations of books say about us? It has been said, in one fomr or another, that we are what we read. But what if others saw your constellations, your stars of reading? And what if you took a moment to look at yours? What could you learn about yourself? About others? And what new, and possibly exciting, conversations would come up as a result? Sounds like a question worth exploring.… (mere)
bloodravenlib | 14 andre anmeldelser | Aug 17, 2020 |
An interesting take (this is more a large essay rather than a true full piece of work) on books, the publishing industry, and their future. Specifically in regards to over-publishing, over-production, and slightly touching on the future insofar as technology is involved (eBooks, Kindles, etc.).

A bit dated but not too much (read: 2002), it does figure and factor in Amazon, eBooks, internet, etc. The hypertextual ideas it talks about at the end is basically Wikipedia which is what it never really touches upon.

The work does touch upon the pure avalanche of novels being published each year and our inability to read even 1/5000th of it all. I often think about that now; where if I was born say 50 years ago, I'd never have gotten to read 99.9% of what I've read now (sure, some of the classics like Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Walt Whitman, etc, I could; but the point stands).

And to think 100 years from now, just how many MORE pieces of work there will be; and this can then even be expanded to include all media (ie. TV, Movies, artwork, even YouTube channels, etc.). Each successive generation will have more and more pieces of work to read/watch/review etc than the generation before it. Exponentially. I often think about all of the books I won't be able to read because they'll be written AFTER my death, and even the books already written DURING my lifetime that I'll never get the time to read.

Who knows, maybe someday there will be a way to read it all? One can only hope.
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BenKline | 14 andre anmeldelser | May 31, 2017 |



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