Digital Exploration: Unwrapping the Secrets of Damaged Manuscripts

In the bowels of the British Library, the first object the conservator showed Seales was a manuscript that was so mangled, he says, “We almost ran screaming from the room, because there was nothing we could do. We had no tools that could help.” Seales tells me such manuscript fragments exist in the nooks and crannies of almost every archive. “Exactly how many? It’s hard to tell,” he says. “In…

Down and Out in Discount America

In a chilling reversal of Henry Ford’s strategy, which was to pay his workers amply so they could buy Ford cars, Wal-Mart’s stingy compensation policies–workers make, on average, just over $8 an hour, and if they want health insurance, they must pay more than a third of the premium–contribute to an economy in which, increasingly, workers can only afford to shop at Wal-Mart. To make this model work, Wal-Mart must…