James Gleick

James Gleick’s latest book is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. He is working on a history of time travel.

  • What Libraries Can (Still) Do

    October 26, 2015

    Is the library, storehouse and lender of books, as anachronistic as the record store, the telephone booth, and the Playboy centerfold?

  • Bot or Not?

    March 11, 2015

    Increasing numbers of Twitterers don’t even pretend to be human. Or worse, do pretend, when they are actually bots. The scary thing is how easily we can be fooled.

  • My Carcass and Myself

    April 16, 2014

    What if a person could survive past his bodily death, to be reconstituted in another form? That is the question Marcel Theroux explores in his new novel, Strange Bodies.

  • Wikipedia's Women Problem

    April 29, 2013

    Hundreds of novelists who happen to be female were being systematically removed from the Wikipedia category “American novelists” and assigned to the category “American women novelists.” Who’s responsible?

  • Librarians of the Twitterverse

    January 16, 2013

    The Library of Congress is now stockpiling the entire corpus of all public tweets. But effectively searching this mass of unstructured data, this barnyard of straw, will be more difficult than people may think.

  • The Information Palace

    December 8, 2010

    The word “information” has grown urgent and problematic—a signpost seen everywhere, freighted with new meaning and import. We hardly need the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell us that, but after all, this is what they live for.

  • Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

    July 13, 2012 — August 1, 2012

    Christian Marclay’s day- and night-long masterpiece, composed of thousands of clips spanning the history of cinema, forms a kaleidoscopic lens into the culture’s experience of time.