I have been wishing, lately, that there was a way to social-network without other people–or, perhaps more accurately, without drowning in their pet peeves, predilections, passions, and punch lines. Online, they have become inescapable. No man is an island on Facebook. That’s the point, right? You never have to be alone again. Blogging begins to… Continue reading »
The London incarnation of the Institute for the Future of the Book, or if:book as it likes to be known, is hosting a virtual group read of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. Seven female critics and creative writers will read the novel, jot down notes in the virtual margins, and discuss it all in a… Continue reading »
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?
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.
Not long ago, I wrote a story for the Chronicle Review on “literary geospaces,” profiling two digital humanists who are using technologies like Google Earth to see literary history in fresh ways. One of the scholars I wrote about, Matthew Jockers of Stanford, has posted more about his work on his blog, describing the bigger… Continue reading »
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 »
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 »
Is it? Is it “almost like ESP,” Wired?