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Publishing director Weil to clarify ‘instant classics’

In a world where everything is available with a click of a mouse, people tend to get impatient — they want instant downloads, rewards, credit and coffee.

Robert Weil, editor-in-chief and publishing director of Liveright & Co., believes we call books “instant classics” to celebrate authors’ muscularity and self-promotion, but that time will discern the difference between a classic and a “false positive.”

Babcock said Weil’s lecture — at 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy — ties into the morning lecture platform’s theme of “Digital Identity,” and that it will contrast the idea that we are going digital with the idea of “classics” — even in a digital world.

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