Author Archives: Gabrielle Dean

Summer Reading: Experiment!

In a recent blog post, I made some suggestions for good summer reads that offer a relaxing break from the academic routine—a way to shift your mind into summertime gear. But of course, what counts as a break depends on … Continue reading

Summer Reading: Relax!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, according to Porgy and Bess. Sometimes, at the end of a tough semester, what you really need to unwind is a nice big stack of sentimental romance novels, heart-rending memoirs, and thrillers calculated to … Continue reading

Baltimore-Centric: A Learning List

We’re stunned, or maybe not surprised. We’re sad, angry, frightened. We’re protesting, or helping to clean up, or scouring the news and social media… or maybe we’re feeling helpless, or not sure how to react. Whatever it is each of … Continue reading

Critical Making in the Humanities

This post is guest-authored by Kari Kraus, Associate Professor of English and Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Kraus gives a free public talk on April 22, 4:30pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody … Continue reading

Library as Emergent Infrastructure

This post is guest-authored by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NYC. Professor Mattern will be giving a public talk on April 8, 4:30 pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody Learning Commons … Continue reading

The History and Future of Libraries: “The wisdom of our ancestors”

What is a library? Is it a collection of books, a suite of digital resources, a space for studying? Where do our current ideas about libraries come from, and where will our new tools take us? Does the library have … Continue reading

Welcome Home, John Barth

What do you call 30-odd boxes of books and 25 boxes of manuscripts, letters, newspaper reviews, notebooks, and assorted papers? Well, if those boxes contain essential primary sources for the study of contemporary American literature, you call it the John … Continue reading

Intersession in Special Collections: Get Down and Dirty with Books

So, you like the smell of ink and old paper? You love strange tales? Maybe you’re into the exotic locales they can take you to? Or maybe you like to do weird digital things with printed matter? Yeah, I’m talking … Continue reading

Browsing, Serendipity, and Virtual Discovery

Recently I went down to B-level in search of four books—titles I had come across in my reading that I was sure were going to explain the mysteries of the universe, or at least, help me answer one part of … Continue reading

Consumption’s Long Shadow

What does Stephen Crane have in common with Catullus, Molière, John Keats, all six Brontë siblings, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield? Besides the fact that they were all writers… they all … Continue reading