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Documentary Editing: Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 30, Fall and Winter, Numbers 3 and 4: 2008-2009 ISSN 0196-7134


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I come to you from the digital world. I am president of the Digital Americanists; I recently received a Digital Humanities Start-Up grant; I edit a digital archive on the life and work of Willa Cather; I am a faculty fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities; and I even have the word “digital” in my official job title: Assistant Professor of Digital Projects. I don’t begin this way in order to impress you with my credentials, but as a confession: my current professional identity is absolutely entangled with the digital medium. That said, I want to confess something further: I am neck deep in the digital not because I have any particular interest in computers, but because our present— and future—academic environment is intertwined with this medium. The computer is a tool and a way to seize an opportunity to be what I really desire to be: an editor, a scholar, and teacher of literature.