16 juin 2018

Tom Wolfe and College Sex

In 2000, Tom Wolfe published a series of essays with a catchy title: Hooking Up. For Wolfe, who had scored two best-selling novels with The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) and A Man in Full (1998), the collection represented a brief return to his nonfiction roots. Wolfe had been a pioneer of the so-called New Journalism in the 1960s and 1970s, producing trenchant and often hilarious portraits of any American who caught his eye: hippies, astronauts, architects, and more. More...

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15 juin 2018

Harnessing the Collective Intelligence of Humans and Machines

Harnessing the Collective Intelligence of Humans and Machines
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, 2018/06/05
This is an overview of Thomas Malone's book Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together. Malone clearly builds on concepts like collective intelligence and the wisdom of crowds, defining a supermind as “a group of individuals acting in ways that seem intelligent.”  The interesting twist here is that the individuals in question might be both humans and computers. More...

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05 juin 2018

Higher Education, Upping the Ante

Higher Education, Upping the Ante
Review of Derek Bok's Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. The argument is familiar. Universities are in need of ever more money, and so the prospects offered by commercial enterprises are alluring. More...

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03 juin 2018

Après les sénateurs, 50 députés déposent à leur tour une proposition de loi pour soutenir les librairies indépendantes

Une nouvelle proposition de loi visant à renforcer le soutien des collectivités aux librairies indépendantes labellisées vient d'être enregistrée à la présidence de l'Assemblée. Sa copie (presque) conforme est déjà sur le bureau du Sénat depuis avril. Plus...

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26 mai 2018

Kurlansky's 'Milk!' and the Food Biography Genre

By Joshua Kim. There are those amongst us that are guaranteed readers of Mark Kurlansky’s latest book Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas.  We have read and loved all of Kurlansky’s previous deep dives into the history, biology, economics, politics, genetics, and literature of specific foods. More...

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11 Hours of Pure Enjoyment with Lawrence Wright's 'God Save Texas’

By Joshua Kim. Eleven hours and 2 minutes is the time that it takes to listen to the audiobook version of God Save Texas.  Those hours will be amongst the most enjoyable 11 hours you will spend this year. More...

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Catching Up with Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. Climbing Mount To Be Read, one book at a time. This one is a keeper. More...

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21 mai 2018

Portrait of a Puritanical Knucklehead

HomeThe struggle between piety and libido in the age of mechanical reproduction is at the core of Amy Werbel's Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock, writes Scott McLemee. More...

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18 mai 2018

Scanning Text Books - a New Form of Intellectual Property Theft?

Scanning Text Books - a New Form of Intellectual Property Theft?
Well of course it was inevitable that the issue of textbook copying would emerge. Publishers will face the same issues as those currently faced by the music and video industry, which is why I have given developments in those fields space in this newsletter. More...

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14 mai 2018

Bookmarklets

Bookmarklets
This one has been around for a while, but Rod sent the link around and I think it's worth passing along. Bookmarklets are little bits of Javascript you insert instead of URLs in your bookmarks (or favorites) list. More...

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