August 10, 2011 - 3:00am
Shortly before the bombing and shooting spree in Norway last month that left 77 people dead, Anders Behring Breivik e-mailed a thousand people the document he called his “compendium” -- a more accurate label than “manifesto,” as some have called it, since large chunks of text were cut and pasted from various sources rather than composed by the murderer himself. In its opening, Breivik says he spent three years preparing the work. It runs to 1,518 pages in PDF. There is no table of contents or index. Its final pages contain a number of photographic self-portraits.
August 3, 2011 - 2:59am
Wikipedia has been growing in authority -- and a new paper shows that scholars are studying and citing it, as well as writing for it. Scott McLemee hits "view source."
July 27, 2011 - 3:00am
A new anthology by Generation Y writers is part survival handbook, part manifesto. Scott McLemee interviews the editor.
July 20, 2011 - 3:00am
With e-book sales rising and Borders about to close for good, the post-print age looks closer than ever. Scott McLemee goes underground.
July 13, 2011 - 3:00am
No one would think of the call for papers as a literary genre. But the CFP can be distinguished from the usual run of academic memoranda by its appeal to the reader’s curiosity, ambition, and capacity to daydream -- and occasionally by its test of one’s power to suspend disbelief.