24 7 / 2013

"I have come to see Google Books as a place of scholarly afterlives, where forgotten authors and discarded projects are enjoying a certain reincarnation. To be sure, this kind of rediscovery promises no individual fame. Casaubon is still a provincial scholar writing desultory prose, and there are thousands more like him who achieved a kind of publishable mediocrity. Yet I like to think that we may be on the verge of a collective acknowledgment that they, too, deserve a place in our 21st-century libraries."