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Edith Wharton's New York & Publishing Makerspace @FHI

Edith Wharton's New York & Publishing Makerspace @FHI

Yesterday I came across Meredith Goldsmith in her office at FHI, reviewing the ideas that we had suggested for her project to map Edith Wharton's New York during the Publishing Makerspace: Adventures in Publishing workshop on Thursday.  These pages full of post-its are part of a visioning exercise that we did with each of the three scholars who participated. She blogged about the experience here, where you can see the post-its close up.

The other scholars who participated were:

  • Erdag Goknär, who is interested in creating a literary map of Istanbul based on Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence. I liked how this project connected with Meredith's--including the serendipitous connection of Pamuk's Museum of Innocence and Wharton's Age of Innocence!  Pamuk's work is both a Nobel Prize-winning novel and a museum of artifacts about which the novel tells a story.  There is also a museum catalog and a manifesto related to Pamuk's project.  (I highly recommend this poetic novel, by the way.)  We talked about identifying potential audiences for the map and the value of prototyping.  
  • David Bell, who is interested, along with his co-editors, in creating a nonlinear, multimodal special issue of the respected theory journal, SubStance. Interesting business-model questions came up about how the publisher, University of Wisconsin Press, might include articles created in a platform such as Scalar.  The journal American Literature provided one model; they have published an issue with some Scalar articles in it.  We also talked about the encyclopedia as a nice connection to the French tradition in which the journal is situated, with the potential for experimentation and play within a familiar nonlinear format; it might offer ways to create an information architecture of randomness, one might say.  Or anyway, as a former reference publisher, I liked the idea!

In an hourlong debriefing session following the workshop, the Publishing Makerspace Working Group found that we had only begun to discuss what we had learned from the event and how we might run a follow-up workshop, which we hope to have in the spring.  We enjoyed seeing that attendees came out of the session energized and carrying on animated conversations for quite a while after the event was officially over!


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