Monthly Archives: January 2012

History and Future of the Book: Imagine There’s No Reading Public

The theme of this week’s section of The Book History Reader is “The impact of print,” and it makes sense that when discussing this impact, the nature and historical development of the reading public becomes one of the central concerns. … Continue reading

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College Majors and Their Psychiatric Disorders

Maybe all this does is lend support to a lot of stereotypes we tend to have about Humanities vs. Science types: Familial Linkage between Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Intellectual Interests argues “that shared genetic (and perhaps environmental) factors may both predispose … Continue reading

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Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers”

Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers” (1914-1915) (trans. Patricia Blake) The most interesting part of the poem for me comes at the end of section 2, and it’s fairly easy to build a reading up until then. In the … Continue reading

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How Elitist Are You? Take the Quiz and Find Out!

Want to find out how out of touch you are with ordinary Americans? Charles Murray has just the thing for you. His publishers have posted a chapter from his new book which includes a quiz for you to take that will, in his words, … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: When is the Text Not Important?

For my response this week, I’ve decided to focus on Adams & Barker’s “A New Model for the Study of the Book.” The essay was originally published in 1993, so I can’t help but wonder what changes they might have … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey vs. Apple Computers’ Multinational-Capitalist Realism

Like just about all the people on the Internet, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my run through Downtown Abbey. We caught up on the whole first season on Netflix, just about in time for the new season to get going on … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Watched a Movie in a Textbook?

Apple apparently has announced new plans to make inroads into the education market, boldly claiming to have reinvented the textbook for the iPad, and it gets the dismissal it deserves from Kieran Healy over at Crooked Timber, while Adam Kotsko chimes … Continue reading

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