Youâ€™re a 16-year-old Muslim kid in America. Say your name is Mohammad Abdullah. Your schoolmates are convinced that youâ€™re a terrorist. They keep typing in Google queries likes â€œis Mohammad Abdullah a terrorist?â€ and â€œMohammad Abdullah al Qaeda.â€ Googleâ€™s search engine learns. All of a sudden, auto-complete starts suggesting terms like â€œAl Qaedaâ€ as the next term in relation to your name. You know that colleges are looking up your name and youâ€™re afraid of the impression that they might get based on that auto-complete. You are already getting hostile comments in your hometown, a decidedly anti-Muslim environment. You know that you have nothing to do with Al Qaeda, but Google gives the impression that you do. And people are drawing that conclusion. You write to Google but nothing comes of it. What do you do?
This is guilt through algorithmic association…
via danah boyd | apophenia
Thereâ€™s a long tradition of writers writing about their libraries. Some of the first modern essaysâ€”by Michel de Montaigne and Sir Francis Baconâ€”are on that very subject. Among more recent publications, you might enjoy Anne Fadimanâ€™s collection Ex Libris or Larry McMurtryâ€™s Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen. The trouble with people writing about their libraries is, well, every writer has one. Itâ€™s like writing about your left hand. Or your M.F.A. program. But McMurtry is a special case. If he had never written Lonesome Dove or The Last Picture Show, he would be famousâ€”at least among collectorsâ€”as one of the countryâ€™s most respected dealers in used and rare books. When he writes about his library, he always has something interesting to say.
via Paris Review Daily
Edna St. Vincent Millay asked, “To what purpose, April, do you return again?” For National Poetry Month, of course!Â National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry.Â The concept, according to the Academy of American Poets is “to widen the attention of individuals and the mediaâ€”to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.”Â Stop by the Todd Library display and reintroduce yourself to the pleasure of reading poetry!