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“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 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 …

Reading and Restaurants

A new story at the Guardian on how McDonald’s is planning on distributing 15 million children’s books over the next few years through it’s happy meal program. What a great way to make parents forget that the food is terrible — they give us books! Actually, the story made me …

As many types of books as there are readers

I am signing off for the holidays, and I thought I could do worse than citing Oliver Sacks on why we need as much diversity as possible when it comes to reading: “No one sort of book should be allowed to disappear, for we are all individuals, with highly individualized …

Reading’s Black Boxes

One of the bigger challenges facing the humanities today with the changing nature of our reading interfaces is the problem of technical opacity, what goes by the colloquial name of the black box. Do we need to know how computers or computation work to understand an electronic text? Or can …