In today’s show, Jason and Kevin take a close look at the future of the library. Libraries aren’t fusty old buildings with mildewed books any more. Today, they serve as community centers and digital outposts designed to help people get things done and discover new skills. In fact, some libraries are getting in on the maker trend.
What do computers have to do with how we understand literature? In today’s show, Jason and I talk about the promise of the Digital Humanities, a field of scholarship dedicated to using big data to discover new approaches to reading in the digital age.
Analysts predict Barnes & Noble will be gone by the end of the year. But books are here to stay.
An article by Michael Levin predicts Barnes & Noble will close by the end of the year. Levin makes his claim based on the fact that Barnes & Noble struggles to keep their Nook line competitive and that their stores haven’t done so well, post-Borders.
With digital tools, we have infinite publishing and writing possibilities. But how do we know when to self-publish and when to wait?
The future is here, or something like that. At least, that’s what self-publishing advocates say. As Jason and I said in our latest podcast episode (Episode 7), self-publishing’s been around for millenia, we just think of it differently in the digital age than we did in the past.
Isn’t that how it goes? We always think whatever is happening right now is new and untested. The truth is, the monolithic, “traditional” publishing system was a blip in history, and it’s not as lucrative as it was 10 years ago.
“How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields is a close look at what makes reading and writing a necessity in the 21st century.
Say what you will about David Shields: he’s made a name of himself as a critic of contemporary fiction and isn’t afraid to state what he thinks of the future of reading (read Reality Hunger for an example).
The first two words of the title caught my eye: Obscenity Rules. Did they suggest a roar of triumph, an occasion for fist-pumping and saying, “Yeah! Obscenity rules!” Or did they indicate that the book is a dispassionate guide to the legal landscape of free expression in the 21st century? And who was this “Roth” person? I wrote to the author of the new book, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Buy at Amazon or UP of Kansas), Whitney Strub, to ask him for an interview. He graciously agreed, and this is the result.
Race, law, and literature: they form part of who we are as Americans and readers. After I learned about Karla F.C. Holloway’s book, Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature (buy at Amazon or Duke UP), I wrote to ask her for an interview. She graciously agreed and this is the result.
Today, I’m proud to announce the first-ever Critical Margins Podcast episode!
This week, Jason Braun and I discuss literary elitism: whether it exists, what it might mean for writers and publishers, and how we perceive reading in the twenty-first century. Are fears or concerns about elitism or snobbery just insecurities or something else?
You can also read my thoughts on this topic in this post from last week.
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What are we talking about when we talk about video? When we say we watched it on video, is that correct usage, and how long have we been doing that?
These are the kinds of questions addressed by Michael Z. Newman in his book, Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium (buy at Columbia UP and Amazon). Video already has a history? Intrigued, I wrote to Mr. Newman and asked for an interview. He graciously agreed. This is the result.