The Digital Life of Salman Rushdie

Dan Rockmore in The New Yorker for 29 July 2014:

“In 2006, the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), at Emory University, acquired the archive of Salman Rushdie. The collection included the usual papers and letters along with a trove of Rushdie’s digital materials, including his personal computers (one desktop and three laptops, as well as a hard drive), and an agreement to donate all his subsequent digital effects to the library. As Benjamin Moser noted in his post about the Susan Sontag archives, the influx of digital written material has presented a challenge to archivists: Outside of just setting a computer on a table like some sort of oversized paperweight, how does one present a writer’s computer to the public?” Read on