The Arc of Presidential Libraries

Paul Musgrave, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, has published an op-ed on problems with the Presidential library system in the US, and how the current (outgoing) President could exploit it to his usual ends. The essay is a fine complement to Jill Lepore's New Yorker piece on the transition politics … Continue reading The Arc of Presidential Libraries

In Praise of Paper

Amid all the preoccupation with Big Data over the last few years, one might be forgiven for missing the telltale signs of a  low-key aesthetic return to (fixation with?) paper. It was there metaphorically, through apps that attempted to digitally capture the sensory aspects of paper-based media. But paper itself maintains its hold on the imagination, in … Continue reading In Praise of Paper