Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

William Powers

Events: Hamlet’s BlackBerry

Book: Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

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William Powers began his journalism career at the Washington Post where in the 1990s he covered business, politics, popular culture and other subjects. His widely read Post column, The Magazine Reader, launched his career as a leading thinker and writer on life in the age of information. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. He created The New Republic’s first media column and for years wrote an influential weekly column for Atlantic Media’s National Journal. He is a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for best American media commentary.

In 2008 he began writing a book focused on the question of how to live wisely and happily in a connected world. Hamlet’s BlackBerry is a crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: Where’s the rest of my life? Powers challenges the widely held assumption that the more we connect through technology, the better. It’s time to strike a new balance, he argues, and discover why it’s also important to disconnect.