Posts tagged Emily Dickinson Museum’
How not to make an archive accessible: The Emily Dickinson feud
October 27, 2013 | 4:55 pm
Normally, the release of an archive of autograph poem manuscripts online for free open access should be a matter for celebration, not consternation - especially when the poet in question published only a handful of poems in her lifetime and left almost her entire achievement in manuscript. But the dispute between the Houghton Library at Harvard University and Amherst College over the creation of the Emily Dickinson Archive has gone public with reports in The Guardian and elsewhere. As reported, Amherst essentially accuses Harvard, one of the main financial backers of the project, of restricting and drip-feeding the documents available,...
What we can learn from the troubles of Martha Stewart
November 13, 2012 | 12:54 pm
I've seen reporting pretty much everywhere about the troubles facing Martha Stewart and her company these days. She's laying off staff and folding magazines, she's reporting a 17 percent decline in revenues and she's taking for herself the lion's share of her company's earnings. But is this just about money management and changing media directions, or is something else going on? An article in the Hamilton Spectator offers an intriguing secondary hypothesis. The trouble with brands based on a living person, they say, is that they come with a "high risk of calamity" as they rise or fall on the escapades...