I’ve got two new stories up at the Chronicle. The first is a look at “Literary Geospaces.” I write about two very cool digital projects: the Map of Early Modern London, run by Janelle Jenstad, an assitant professor of English at the University of Victoria, and Matthew L. Jockers’s Google Earth visualization of the development of Irish-American literature. Jockers is an information technology specialist at Stanford Univeristy–a PhD who helps other academics create nifty new digital ways of presenting scholarship. He’s created a movie of his Google Earth visualization, which you can catch here.
The other story up today is a close reading of–wait for it–the latest annual report of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As I say in the story, annual reports aren’t anyone’s idea of beach reading. But if you care about scholarly publishing and where it’s headed, the essay in the report on “Scholarly Communication Initiatives” is, despite the title, a page-turner.
This also marks the first time I’ve done something multimedia for the Chronicle. (It’s a tie-in to the “Literary Geospaces” story.) You can watch/listen to my narrated tour of Cheapside here.