The Digital Life of Salman Rushdie (The New Yorker)


In a New Yorker opinion piece, Dartmouth’s Dan Rockmore writes about Salman Rushdie’s archive, recently acquired by Emory University.

The collection includes a wealth of digital materials, including three laptops and a desktop computer, and carries with it an agreement that Emory’s library will be given all Rushdie’s subsequent digital effects, writes Rockmore, a professor of mathematics and of computer science and the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science.

“The Rushdie Born-Digital Archives Working Group, a multidisciplinary team of software engineers, librarians, and archivists at Emory University engaged in a unique effort in digital archiving to build an ‘emulator’ to allow MARBL visitors to see what was on Rushdie’s desktop on the last day that he typed at the machine,” Rockmore writes.

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/29/14 by The New Yorker.

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