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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Andrew Piper

Andrew Piper is a professor at McGill University and the author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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Andrew Piper

The Computhor Cometh

When computers start writing their own books, who will be their readers? November 2013
In 1838, Edgar Allen Poe wrote a satirical essay, “How to Write a Blackwood Article.” It parodied the formulaic nature of 19th-century magazine writing by invoking one of the most popular periodicals of its day. After listing a variety of possible “tones” in which articles could be written (didactic, enthusiastic, elevated, diffusive and interjectional), the fictional editor advised: The tone metaphysical is a … good…