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Howard Axelrod in conversation with James Parker

What shapes our sense of place, our sense of time, and our memory? How is technology changing the way we make sense of the world and of ourselves? As we navigate the rapid shifts between the physical and digital realms, what traits are we trading without being aware of it?

The Stars in Our Pockets is a personal and profound reminder of the world around us and the worlds within us--and how, as alienated as we may sometimes feel, they were made for each other.

Howard Axelrod is the author of The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, named one of the best books of 2015 by Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and Entropy Magazine, and one of the best memoirs of 2015 by Library Journal. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, Politico, Salon, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Boston Globe. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Arizona, and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at Loyola University in Chicago. Connect with him at

James Parker is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Turned On.

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