My latest story for the Chronicle looks at lessons learned from Gutenberg-e, the high-profile digital-history monograph series created by Columbia University Press and the Columbia Libraries in collaboration with the American Historical Association. It has quietly added an open-access option. It has also switched its subscription model from in-house to the Humanities E-Book project run… Continue reading »
Archives for February 2008
I’ve been getting questions about the new, reading-heavy recommendations for undergraduate creative-writing instruction that I wrote about not long ago for the Chronicle (subscription required). The guidelines, put together by the AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs), have now been posted on the group’s website as part of the 2008 AWP Director’s Handbook…. Continue reading »
I have been accused, from time to time, of being a mixer. My husband likes to remind me of the time that I posted a perfectly innocent question–about the pros and cons of circumcision–to a parenting listserv. Before long, the pro- and anti- camps were hurling accusations of genital mutilation and cultural imperialism at each… Continue reading »
Librarians get their own web series, “Erik the Librarian,” courtesy of “The Office” scribe Brent Forrester. Speak Quietly has the skinny and a clip. Worth the three minutes and 25 seconds of your life that you will spend watching it. (Link via LIS News.)
Over at Print Is Dead, Jeffrey Gomez has posted a report from this week’s O’Reilly Tools of Change confab NYC. Depending on how devoted you are to the idea of the solitary writer/reader, you will find it either bracing or alarming. According to Gomez, one panelist, Stephen Abram, talked about how Wiki-style creation (context, in… Continue reading »
If you’re reading one of the Bard’s plays, you can now join the global crowd–online–via Shakespeare’s Global Globe, the brainchild of an English professor at Carnegie Mellon. (Love the orbis-mundi URL.) The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog has some background. As of 12:59 p.m. EST, 108 people are reading Shakespeare. Well, 108 people have logged on… Continue reading »
If you find yourself reviewing James Wood’s new book, please don’t invoke Edmund Wilson in your lead. Trust me. It’s been done. Thanks. (More Woodiana here, if you must.)
Is it? Is it “almost like ESP,” Wired?
Library of Congress blogger Matt Raymond reports the sad news that Harry Landis, one of the last two known American vets of World War I, died on Monday at the very respectable age of 108: That leaves 107-year-old Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va., as the sole surviving American veteran of the “Great War”… Continue reading »
Please stop profiling and otherwise making a fuss over James Wood. I hear he’s good. I hear he has a new book out (“an Olympian critic points out where major-league talents are getting it wrong,” the Independent says). I understand he likes to spend time with his children. Enough said.