Harvard University says it won’t participate in Google Book Search for in-copyright works under the terms of the just-announced legal settlement. Why? It’s all about access. Harvard also says it may change its mind as the settlement evolves. I had a feeling we would be seeing some pushback before long. Who’s next?
Archives for October 2008
The global economy’s collapsing, we’re closing in on a historic presidential election, and lord knows what the world’s rogue nuclear states are up to. (Maybe the IAEA does. I do like the idea of an “Atoms for Peace” agency.) Here’s what’s been happening in my world in the last week: On Saturday, I attended an… Continue reading »
Mark Athitakis, a DC-based critic and arts editor of the Washington City Paper, has put up a page of who’s reading in the area over the next few months. You can find it here at his American Fiction Notes blog. Good work, Mark.
I’ve been remiss in not posting my most recent investigation for the Chronicle: “New Ratings of Humanities Journals Do More than Rank–They Rankle.” It looks at an ambitious project in Europe called ERIH, or the European Reference Index for the Humaniities. ERIH assigns journals in the humanities and social sciences to three categories: A, B,… Continue reading »
I’m making up for light posting here lately by guest-blogging over at Bookslut this week. Come on over and check it out. Feel free to send literary tidbits my way, too.
It’s been a light posting week–sorry. Journalism has been getting in the way. I’ve also expended too much energy fretting over the Nobel Lit prize and recent fighting words from Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, about how backwards American lit is: “There is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you… Continue reading »
Len Downie, the Post’s former executive editor, says enough already with the DC-bashing: Large numbers of Washingtonians have dedicated much of their lives to real public service that does not involve the ego trips, trappings and hypocrisies of elective office. Amen to that. It’s not all earmarks and Gucci Gulch lobbyists, kids. For all its… Continue reading »
D.C.’s much-loved local indie book-and-music chain has closed. Forlorn customers are leaving testimonials here. The WaPo’s Bob Thompson wrote a nice obit yesterday. For heaven’s sake, people, if you have a local bookstore you’re fond of, get over there and buy a book today.