• Recall this Book 6: Martin Puchner on Writing Then and Now

    Author(s):
    Elizabeth Ferry, John Plotz, Martin Puchner
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Writing
    Item Type:
    Podcast
    Tag(s):
    Epic of Gilgamesh
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/0pme-gx92
    Abstract:
    From its origins in clay tablets to its future on digital tablets, Martin Puchner has thought about writing in all its forms. In this episode, John and Elizabeth talk to Martin, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard. They begin with a discussion of a very early writerly text-the epic of Gilgamesh, a version of which has been Englished by Elizabeth's father. They discuss the different stages of world writing-from the time of the scribes to the time of great teachers like Confucius, Socrates and Jesus Christ, who had a very complicated relationship to writing. Are we on the cusp of a new transformation in the way in which writing occurs in the world? This transformation might have to do with coding, with the resurrection of the tablet and the scroll, or with the culture of curation that has arisen in a new era in which the ability. to write has been (significantly) democratized. In Recallable Books, Martin recommends the fan fiction website Wattpad; Elizabeth recommends "No Reservations: Narnia," in which Anthony Bourdain goes through the wardrobe. John feints at recommending Dennis Tenen's book on the writing within coding before recommending the Brautigan Library. Come for the discussion of writing, stay for the impressions of Gollum!
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