The Writers of the Future


While many wonder about the future of printed books, author Lauren Groff imagines those books’ future writers.

In one of her many visions, she tells us, “The writer of the future will crouch in wind-swept aeries miles above the electronic din of the modern world, crafting feathers out of the leaves of old books. Watch him strap the wings to his back and toddle to the nest’s edge.”

Her essay, “Modes of Imagining the Writers of the Future,” is included in The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books.

Jill Haberkern has lived in a one-room house made of tombstones and a farmhouse with a walrus head. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, with neither. Her writing has appeared in the Mid-American Review. More from this author →