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Andrew Piper

“There is a physicality in reading.”

Here is a mash-up of recent piece in Scientific American¬†on the differences between reading screens and paper alongside quotes from my book. The similarities are striking and of course rewarding. I just wish it would get cited a little more. “We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned …

Reading’s Design

One of the nicest books I received in the mail recently was The Association of American University Presses’ catalogue to the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2013). It’s a gorgeous reminder of the creativity of book designers, not to mention the vibrancy of academic publishing. Book design is one of …

The Language of Quantity

I have been writing a new piece about using computational modeling to study the legacy of Augustinian conversion in the modern novel. The project began when I tried to devise ways of detecting greater or lesser degrees of narrative binaryness across a broad range of texts, including novels and autobiographies. …

Reading’s Feelings

In a recent article in Slate magazine, I argued that the kind of reading we do with books is significantly different from that of e-books. I based my observations on the tactile differences between these two technologies. I suggested that such somatic differences changed the way words assumed meaning on …

Reading us reading wikipedia

A really interesting new report released by wikipedia on usage statistics of its pages (over 29 million in English). And what do we find? Readers like celebrities, sex and death. It’s often unfortunate to know more about ourselves. Actually, reports like this tend to do a disservice to things of …

The Sparsity of Poetry

As part of my new work with computational reading, I’ve begun creating a library of network tables for different authors’ corpuses. I’m taking a course on network theory right now and I’m interested in trying to see what happens when we think about representing an author’s writings as a network …