William H. Gass’s books Finding a Form and Reading Rilke demonstrate over and over that one of this author’s great qualities is his ability, as Daniel Mendelsohn put it, to leave you “feeling more human.”
Gass is also revered for his 1999 essay, “A Defense of the Book,” which is why David Streitfeld interviewed Gass for a New York Times article last week called “A Champion of the Book Takes to the iPad.”
Do yourself a favor. Read all four. You will feel more human about what is happening to the book.