News from Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
July 15, 2021 English
Recent works and updates.
English Professor Matthew G. Kirschenbaum has a recent publication with Johns Hopkins University Press titled "Spec Acts: Reading form in Recurrent Neural Networks", reflecting on "machines speaking to machines" in data poet Ross Goodwin's novel 1 the Road.
Kirschenbaum also has a forthcoming book Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage with University of Pennsylvania Press. The book is a distillation of twenty years of thinking about the intersection of digital media, textual studies, and literary archives. With an intimate narrative style that belies the cold technics of computing, Kirschenbaum takes the reader into the library where all access to Toni Morrison's "papers" is mediated by digital technology; to the bitmapped fonts of Kamau Brathwaite's Macintosh; to the process of recovering and restoring fourteen lost "HyperPoems" by the noted poet William Dickey; and finally, into the offices of Melcher Media, a small boutique design studio reimagining the future of the codex.