• October 28, 2014

    CBC host Jian Ghomeshi has been asked to take a leave of absence from work due to allegations of engaging in nonconsensual violent sexual behavior with three women. Jesse Brown broke the story, with the help of the Toronto Star. For Americans who don’t know who Ghomeshi is (first important fact: He’s Canadian), Gawker has a primer. CBC is like NPR but “more influential,” says Gawker, and Ghomeshi is like Ira Glass but “less serious.” Ghomeshi followed up news of the allegations with a Facebook post in which he said he had been the target of “harassment, vengeance and demonization.” As of Tuesday morning, the post had been liked more than 109,000 times and received more than 41,000 shares. 

    Jeremy Schmidt and Jacquelyn Ardam discuss the UCLA Library Special Collections’ new ‘born-digital’ archive of Susan Sontag’s computer files and complete email correspondence: “Reading Sontag’s lists in their original e-environment brings the issues of the digital archive-with its constant push-and-pull between proliferation and deep freeze-to the surface . . . there are no cross-outs, no carets, no smudges . . . Instead we are faced with a proliferation of documents.”

    Amtrack’s first writer in residence, comic book writer Bill Willing, offers practical advice to future recipients: “Stock up on small bills (tipping is on you).”

    Michael Hofmann is not a fan of the new Amis novel.

    Edward Mendelson considers the effects for writers of using word processors: “Intelligent writers can produce intelligent prose using almost any instrument, but the medium in which they write will always have some more or less subtle effect on their prose. When I work in Word, for all its luxuriant menus and dazzling prowess, I can’t escape a faint sense of having entered a closed rule -bound society. When I write in WordPerfect, with all its scruffy, low-tech simplicity, the world seems more open, a place where endings can’t be predicted, where freedom is real.”