Scalable Reading

dedicated to DATA: digitally assisted text analysis

...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

This and That

Hobbes and Maggie Haberman about Twitter

Some years ago I read Joel Spolsky’s very funny description of Twitter in which he said: Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to be valuable, I find it a truly awful way to exchange thoughts and ideas. It creates a mentally stunted world in which the most complicated thought you can think is one sentence long....

August Boeckh, the knowing of the known, and information retrieval

The other day I was rereading Jerry McGann’s 2009 TLS essay on “Our textual history”, and I was struck by a phrase that I had missed on the first reading and had never encountered before: August Böckh’s definition of philology as “die Erkenntnis des Erkannten” or “the (further) knowing of the (already) known.” A little...