A trained anthropologist believes that all books -- no matter how obscure -- should be digitized.

Raymond Kurzweil is famous for declaring that he wants to stay alive long enough to be a beneficiary of what he calls The Singularity.  If he can just hang on until the great synthesis of humans and machines, he can live forever.  He will have made the cut.

But there is another cut.  I thought about the other day when someone told me I should read Leslie Fiedler.  (Forgive me I can't remember who.  I am still using organic memory and frankly it's crap.  At least mine is.)

Fiedler was an American academic who dared take popular culture seriously when this was a great violation of intellectual orthodoxy.  There is lots to like about Fiedler's work (one of his essays is called “Fiedler on the roof”) and I am astonished (and, yes, ashamed) that I am only now hearing about him.

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