Episode 11: Font or Digital Humanities – special edition

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In the new special episode of Biblio Banter Natalia interviews Annika, Tim and Anton about their studies in Digital Humanities. Together they try to define Digital Humanities and its place in the larger picture of the filed of study, revisit game Font or Cheese (see episode 4: Tittle*ating Typography) and discuss some good books.

DH practitioners experiment in the area “born of the encounter between traditional humanities and computational methods.”

Why the Digital Humanities Matter by Mark Bowles

Here are some useful links

(c) Pexels from Pixabay

Digital Humanities at the University of Stuttgart
Digital Humanities – Leiden University
Digital Humanities Quarterly
The game we played in this episode Cheese or Font

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Episode 8: Book Blurbs

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In this episode we play the Book Game from Bookstr (not BookRiot, oops!) and discuss the history and usefulness of book blurbs. 

A blurb is, to quote Gelett Burgess, who invented the term in 1907, “a flamboyant advertisement” found on the front and back covers of books. Burgess later wrote the Burgess Unabridged: A New Dictionary of Words You Have Always Needed, available to curious readers on Archive.org, where words like “blurb,” “wowze,” and “huzzlecoo” increase even the most robust vocabulary. Most of these words never really caught on, but “blurb” is the noticeable exception.

Example of the first sentence based on a blurb. You can hear many other talented examples in our podcast

Do we need blurbs? Do we like blurbs? And can blurbs help you make up a convincing first line of book that fools your friends?? Listen and find out.

Let us know your thoughts so we can keep the conversation going!

To read more about blurbs see Merriam Websters’ The Must-Read, Smash Hit Story of ‘Blurb’ and NPR’s Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Episode 1: Biblio-Files, the Origin Story

“Biblio Banter is all about _____.”
Match Game favorite Charles Nelson Reilly

Get ready to match the stars…of our new book history podcast!

In the very first episode of Biblio Banter, Erin, Natalia, Ellen, and Laura talk about the big questions: Just what is book history? (Or is it book studies?) What is a book? And why is book smuggling so exciting?

What is a book? Here is Random House’s definition.

We then fill in the blanks of Robert Darnton’s influential Communications Circuit in a game inspired by the classic (and wacky) 1970s game show Match Game.

Darnton’s Communication Circuit
First introduced in his 1982 article, “What is the History of Books?”

Play along, and let us know if you matched any of our answers!

To listen, follow the link.

For further reading, consider:

Samizdat – Smuggling Soviet Literature

Auction of First Edition Harry Potter

Take a course by Robert Darnton