Book of the Week - "Shifting Gears"
Book of the Week - "Shifting Gears: Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America".
Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and William Carlos Williams show how it is that writings on a range of subjects can embody the values of machine technology. Stories and novels about hunting or fishing, bullfighting or boxing can exhibit a machine aesthetics, even when machines or structures play no part in the fiction. The form is what counts, and each writer's style marks the achievement of machine values in imaginative literature.