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by Jack Kessler,

April 23, 2012 EXTRA issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on April 23, 2012 - and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes

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Books & Texts at MIT, May 3-4


A very interesting symposium takes place the week after next: Thursday-Friday, May 3 & 4 -- at a place called MIT... in Cambridge Mass...

"Unbound : Speculations on the Future of the Book"


The event offers interesting ideas, speakers, resources -- including some ideas perhaps not encountered at other sessions you've attended on these popular topics. For example -- the following from the two Symposium organizers themselves --

Amaranth Borsuk (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Media Studies and Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT) :

Gretchen E. Henderson (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT) :


These are free-thinking folks, at MIT now -- also far-thinking, perhaps. The symposium they have assembled appears to reflect their sensibilities & flexibilities:

-- but these people seem, as well, to be aware of the past -- so often a major drawback of such futurology, and a major task now, seeing the past clearly for a technology over 500 years old -- something does get learned, in 500 years --

"Technotexts"... :-)


The speakers, for this event, seem remarkable for both the breadth and the depth of the promised discussion:


And there's a blog! So you yourself can participate, and contribute, even if currently you are in Montferrand-du-Perigord, or Noe-Valley-de-la-Californie, and can't make it to Boston --

Recent Unbound Blog postings:

-- that last & most recent being moi, naturellement / Úvidemment, people here know my predilections...


From here, then, out in the West Coast California "antipodes" -- as Australians like to label their Oz -- Cambridge Mass seems a world away , maybe... Someone in Brisbane, starting now, might just arrive there on-time -- well jet-lagged... folks down-under are heartier than most, when it comes to jet-lag...

But for the rest of us: if you can head Out East to Boston, week after next -- or north or south or even west if you are in Lyon -- there's a train, up from Mannahatta... -- then check out, "Unbound : Speculations on the Future of the Book", week after next, at MIT!

I wish I could be there -- New England is beautiful in the Springtime -- but I do have my iPhone, and they have that blog, so at least la Californie is connected.


Jack Kessler,






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