Release Date: 01.15.2023


Some of the most accomplished writers, actors, artists, politicos and talented others contribute their take on what life was like before the Internet. In this unique volume of recollections, people bring their memories alive: pounding away on electric typewriters, talking on pay-phones, hovering over fax machines, clipping newspapers, and consulting weighty research books as part of their daily routine, not-so-long-ago, but yet, somehow, in the distant past. Charming, funny and poignant, Life Before the Internet recalls in vivid vignettes how we all managed to survive an unplugged world--and flourished.

"I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." - Robert Metcalfe (the inventor of Ethernet)

"The Internet is completely over." - Prince

"The truth is I've been doing Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter, when there was no Internet.  And "social media" was writing letters, making phone calls, beating the bushes." - Spike Lee

People say that this new generation is so used to the Internet that their heads are already different. They can't read a book from beginning to end. That is not a tragedy. The book just changes form.

- Yoko Ono