3.538 on Humanist (30)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Wed, 4 Oct 89 20:54:32 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 538. Wednesday, 4 Oct 1989.

Date: 4 October 1989
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: the unbearable unity of Humanist

After consulting with my colleagues on Humanist's editorial board, I
have again come to the conclusion that a partitioning of our seminar
into two or more potentially non-communicating parts would be
exceedingly unwise. Humanist's special genius lies in part in the lack
of such partitioning, in the mixing of technical and non-technical
discussions. Computing in the humanities itself is like that, of course.

We will have to see how well "Notes and Queries" works out. I would
certainly welcome private expressions on this matter, but I think that
public discussion of it needs a rest. Perhaps I may be forgiven for
cultivating discussions about Humanist itself, but I take the point
urged by Bob Amsler and others, that Humanist is most useful (to them
and, I suspect, many others) when it isn't talking about itself.

Willard McCarty