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Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes)

Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes)

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Memoir, 6" x 10", paperback, 168 pages, June 2012, ISBN 9780983868330

In our brave new world, techno-evolution is often decried as the death knell of the written word. Award-winning author Andrei Codrescu demolishes this doomsday provocation in Bibliodeath: My Archives (With Life in Footnotes).

Our moment of bibliodeath marks a tectonic shift under the ocean of human consciousness and the written word. As words migrate from the book into other means of transport, we are "privy to the passage of the soul from one body into another, a reincarnation that is not a metaphysics."

A suspenseful mediation planted in a bed of alluring stories-cum-footnotes, Codrescu wades into the bibliodeath waters to examine his own evolution as a writer. From the poetic lines of an unlined notebook in 1960s Romania to the founding of Exquisite Corpse in 1983 to his ongoing commentary on NPR's All Things Considered, his journey is an archive of reinvention. Codrescu's literal Archives and his unsentimental and savage faith in reinvention take in the history of the literate world, the transformation of the printed word, and language itself.

This picaresque adventure of a mind at work spans the fin-de-siecle to the 21st century, as the bibliodeath of one medium meets the birth of the next. The evolution of technology must deal with the indomitable bond between language and the human being. In the story of Codrescu, "leaving the traces of one's passage is worth the labor of a lifetime."

Andrei Codrescu, pronounced Code-rescue ( was born in Sibiu, Romania. He was the McCurdy Distinguished Professor at LSU until he retired to the woods in 2009. He has written poetry, novels, and essays, and has broadcast regular commentary for NPR since 1983. Also in 1983, he founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Life and Letters ( He won a Peabody Award for his film “Road Scholar,” the Ovid Prize for poetry, and the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award.

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