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April 2022 ¦ Let’s say you’re working on a project that just doesn’t feel right clothed in your editor’s stock fonts. “Typography is what language looks like,” says Ellen Lupton. Continue Reading…

March 2022 ¦ Typography, an art form devised for the static page, is a nightmare on the internet. Type consists of precisely defined elements — size, leading, measure, line breaks — that are subject to infinite variation depending on the reader’s device, browser, and screen orientation. Continue Reading…

January 2022 ¦ In recent years, Harvard University Press launched a new book series in the spirit of its famous, red- and green-wrapped Loeb Classical Library for Greek and Latin. Continue Reading…

December 2021 ¦ Spanning works published between 1660 and 1850, the Early Novels Database (END) is the product of a collaboration between faculty, librarians, and students at nearby Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Penn. Continue Reading…

October 2021 ¦ Of all literary genres, speculative fiction seems to be the most suited for the quantitative lens. Think of fan-driven databases like Memory Alpha, in-world galactic encyclopedias, or hand-curated anthologies, zines, and collections like those featured in The Stuff of Science Fiction. Continue Reading…

August 2021 ¦ I just shared a Jupyter notebook for working with three thousand speculative fiction novels using HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Analytics. The notebook uses “Extracted Features” rather than the full text of the novels: a data format devised by HathiTrust in order to enable text analysis on post-1926 books still under copyright protection. Continue Reading…