Anthony Grafton was the first person to turn me onto intellectual history. His seminar on ideas in the Renaissance was one of the most fascinating courses I took at Princeton, and I still remember well Tony rocking in his seat, looking a bit like a young Karl Marx, making brilliant connections among a broad array … Continue reading Tony Grafton on Digital Texts and Reading
Well, they didn't have my favorite wine (Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Reserva, if you must know), but I had a nice evening at the Italian Embassy in Washington. The occasion was the start of a conference, "Using New Technologies to Explore Cultural Heritage," jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Consiglio … Continue reading Steven Johnson at the Italian Embassy
Congrats to Matt Kirschenbaum on his thought-provoking article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Hamlet.doc? Literature in a Digital Age." Matt makes two excellent points. First, "born digital" literature presents incredible new opportunities for research, because manuscripts written on computers retain significant metadata and draft tracking that allows for major insights into an author's thought … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Hard Drive
I had started to worry that this wouldn't actually launch, so I'm glad to see that the inaugural issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly is online. Seems like a good mix of theory and practice, and well designed.
Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular has announced its fourth annual summer fellowship program to take place in June 2007 at USC. They are seeking proposals for projects related to "reading" and "noise." About Vectors: "Vectors publishes work which need necessarily exist online, ranging from archival to experimental projects."
One of my favorite Woody Allen quips from his tragically short period as a stand-up comic is the punch line to his hyperbolic story about taking a speed-reading course and then digesting all of War and Peace in twenty minutes. The audience begins to giggle at the silliness of reading Tolstoy's massive tome in a … Continue reading It’s About Russia
As someone keenly interested in the possibilities of digital scholarship as well as nineteenth-century British and American intellectual history, I'm delighted to hear of the official launch of NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship), which allows researchers to search, organize, and annotate over 60,000 texts and images. A screencast of how to use Collex, … Continue reading NINES Officially Launches