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  • The End of Absence is a genial and philosophical tour through one man's anxieties surrounding digital life

    The New York Times
  • Harris has caught, with brilliant fidelity and incisiveness, a hinge-point in modern history: Before and After the Digital Rapture. The End of Absence deserves a place alongside Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death and Sherry Turkle's Life on the Screen. A great, important (and fun) read. I couldn't in good conscience lend out my copy: every other page is dog-eared

    Bruce Grierson, author of What Makes Olga Run
  • This is a lovely, direct, and beautifully written book that will make you feel good about living in the times we do. Michael Harris is honest in a way I find increasingly rare: clear, truthful, and free of vexation. A true must-read

    Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever. and Generation X
  • The End of Absence is a beautifully written and surprisingly rousing book. Michael Harris scans the flotsam of our everyday, tech-addled lives and pulls it all together to create a convincing new way to talk about our relationship with the Internet. He has taken the vague technological anxiety we all live with and shaped it into a bold call for action

    Steven Galloway, author of The Confabulist and The Cellist of Sarajevo
  • Everybody over sixty should read this book. The rest of the population will need no urging, unless they are too far gone to read anything longer than a blurb. The first part reads like a horror story, a shocking mind-thriller. In the second half the author, despite real foreboding, demonstrates in his own person that all is far from lost. Relief, after much learning

    Margaret Visser, author of Much Depends on Dinner
  • In this thoughtful, well-written book, Michael Harris combines personal narrative with the views of experts to show us that the digital revolution that envelops us contains traps that can lead us to understand less even as we seem to know more

    Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom

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