Introductions

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alan Jacobs, and for a while (i.e., as long as Alexis, Megan, and Rebecca will tolerate it) I'm going to be writing for the Technology Channel. I'm a professor of English whose professional work largely concerns 20th-century British literature -- especially the poetry of W. H. Auden -- and the relations between religion and literature; but my avocations tend to be technological. Over the years I have developed an increasingly strong interest in the ways that digital technologies are changing my professional world: the world of reading, research, teaching, and writing. Those changes will be among my chief topics here at the Atlantic.

If you want to know more about how my mind -- such as it is -- works -- if you can call it "work" -- you might check out my most recent book, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, or this essay on Christianity and the book, or this brief reader's memoir -- or you could just look at my online commonplace book, which probably says more about me than I'm comfortable with. Though it's not really a "commonplace book," as I'll explain in my next post.

I am very grateful to Alexis and the crew for welcoming me to this very cool venue. I'm hoping to make a non-trivial contribution.

Editors' note: We'd also heartily recommend Alan's Twitter feed, which you can find at @ayjay. We think he's going to provide depth and nuance to our coverage of digital words in our times.

Presented by

Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the honors program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Technology

Just In