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Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo (Religion, Culture and Public Life) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2013

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This book exemplifies what an entire area within religious studies--'religion and literature'--should be yet has never quite become: a genuinely interdisciplinary, existentially attuned, and constructively ambitious enterprise engaged with our most timely social and cultural questions. -- Thomas Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara provocative, engaging, significant... -- N. Katherine Hayles Los Angeles Review of Books Rewiring the Real is a collection of wide-ranging and incisive conversations about contemporary fiction and useful... primer to Taylor's thought... Taylor is a gifted explainer with a remarkably direct and personable style... College Literature

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Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His most recent books are Recovering Place: Reflections on Stone Hill; Refiguring the Spiritual: Beuys, Barney, Turrell, Goldsworthy; Field Notes from Elsewhere: Reflections on Dying and Living; After God; Mystic Bones; and Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption.

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Brilliant insights into art and culture 18 Feb. 2013
By Michael E. Lewitt - Published on
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Mark Taylor is rightfully considered one of America's leading public intellectuals with an unparalleled range of work in art, culture, theology, philosophy, technology and economics. In Rewiring the Real, he combines these disciplines in creative and groundbreaking readings of four seminal modern novelists - Gaddis, DeLillo, Powers and Danielewski. His interpretations of these novels are incredibly insightful in revealing the structures of some of the most complex works of recent fiction while placing these works within the context of modern culture, technology and history. Taylor's readings of The Recognitions, House of Leaves, Plowing the Dark and Underworld enables the reader to understand the design of their creators in ways that more limited readings do not. Rewiring the Real operates at a more elevated level than other literary or cultural criticism because of Taylor's unparalleled ability to draw connections among so many different parts of life. This is a brilliant book by a brilliant and groundbreaking interpreter of our modern condition, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
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The Real has to be reimagined 9 Jun. 2013
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Mark C. Taylor is among a handful of American thinkers whose vision reaches beyond the superficial enchantments of our time of grave disenchantments. He suffers both the enchanted and the disenchanted with what writers such as Powers, Gaddis and Delillo see in the waking sleep of American life and culture, and he does so free of the dreaming cheats of the system's monstrous frailties and deceits. Forget easy solutions; forget sentiment and apathy; forget the received language and customized comforts of our age of commodification and market solutions. Taylor cares about art without embracing artifice, and sees the mythos of our time with the same visionary acuity as the writers and artists he studies. He is always well worth the time and thought required. His gift is to show with ease the diseases with which our discourses and imaginations are both plagued gifted.
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