Writing Machines, Part 2

Editing in Markdown Pro.

Markdown I’ve begun using Markdown to draft much of my writing. Though it doesn’t make much noise, like my typewriter does, it does cut down on the visual and digital distractions normally involved with writing on a computer. Markdown lends a simplicity that is not only aesthetically and cognitively appealing while I am writing, but… Continue reading Writing Machines, Part 2

Making Accessible Futures

The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy

In April, I attended the Accessible Future workshop held at Emory. It was a fantastic introduction to how to increase accessibility on the web. My review of the workshop for JITP has just been published. It includes appendices on “Practices to Implement” and a bibliography of further readings and resources. Here’s the bibliography:

How To Do Things With Archives

A network graph created with Gephi and hand-entered data.

I was hooded in the Graduate Center’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, and this morning I learned my advisor died. I had some difficulty working with Jane the past few years. On more than one occasion she wielded her considerable writing talents to skewer me in an email. But she was a forceful mentor, particularly important when I was new graduate student. She generously… Continue reading How To Do Things With Archives

Showing My Cards

The puking pidgeon #1, or, The fucking duck #1, or, The search for the holy houkah revealed #1

Yesterday Emory Libraries held It’s in the Cards, an art party to make art out of old MARBL card catalog cards. It brought me back to my days making and glamming with 3Text at the Graduate Center. I used 3 cards from the Danowski collection. The first, published in 1951, included poems by William Carlos Williams, Genevieve… Continue reading Showing My Cards

Bashing my head against the command line

A screenshot of my session in Terminal.

BASHing–get it?? (Too violent a pun? See also: hack.)  MARBL houses and owns the rights to the poet Turner Cassity’s papers, including born digital materials from one computer. Dorothy Waugh, my colleague on the Digital Archives team, processed the born digital materials and is now working to get them online and publicly available on an Omeka… Continue reading Bashing my head against the command line

Mapping Poetic Networks

This gephi graph visualizes connections among a selection of 20th century African American collections in MARBL.

I presented on networks of African American antifascist poetry from the 1930s and 1940s at the Global Lives of Poems seminar at ACLA at the end of March. I wanted to start to map networks of circulation and collection, both the interpersonal and publishing circuits that poems travelled around the moment of writing, as well as their afterlife,… Continue reading Mapping Poetic Networks

Writing Machines

Red 1950s Royal typewriter

Around the new year, I got a typewriter. It was a birthday present from my parents. My mom became a typewriter convert several years ago. We visited Michael Ardito’s office on Staten Island, where he let me try out lots of manual typewriters, and I fell for the elegance of this red Royal. It clacks with the kind of satisfactory… Continue reading Writing Machines

Spain, war, women

Spain, war, women: the most common words in my dissertation.* Here it is in a nutshell (via voyant):   (*after using the taporware English stop words list to exclude the ands, buts, ifs, etc.)

April 2nd Workshop on Open Journal Systems

Tonight I’m running a workshop on Open Journal Systems for students in the Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Core II course. Participants (or anyone interested) can find the google doc I’ll be working from here. [gview file=”http://opencuny.org/adonlon/files/2014/04/OJSPresentationtoITPCoreII-2.pdf”]