Documentary Editing, Association for


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Documentary Editing, Volume 29, 2007. ISSN 0196-7134


2007 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


When I say I'm a documentary editor living in Los Angeles County, most people assume I'm talking about film, not old-fashioned paper. So I've had to explain myself to the world. That "world" can be a faculty colleague, an administrator, a relative, other scholars, or someone I converse with briefly on an airplane.

I sent Ron Bosco an e-mail asking why I was chosen for this panel, but he never answered (deliberately he later told me). I thus concluded that because all my work has been at small colleges, and I've taken on various identities with each of my projects, I would present a different perspective for this panel. Moreover, unlike Thomas Jefferson or Emerson, none of my subjects is a household name. I apologize if this presentation is mostly autobiographical.