Imaginary Text

What’s it?

Imaginary Text is a new (since 2023!) blog, by me, JMax. I am a prof in Publishing at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver—on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh, and Squamish peoples.

My research is about the intersection of the traditions of publishing and the innovations of the digital, networked age. Much of that puts me in the realm of the digital humanities. I like to say I’m not that interested in digital humanities itself, but I am certainly interested in digital humanists; I teach “Text Processing Techniques and Traditions” at the DHSI.

“Imaginary Text” is a reference to an idea I have tried to articulate, involving the invisible dimension of text, that allows us to work, process, and manipulate text – when we publish it, analyze it, mine it, and so on. There is the visual text, on the page or on our screens, but there must also be an imagined text if we are to have any agency with it.

This blog is going to be about my second childhood on the web: about publishing, publishing tech, the digital humanities, the Italian renaissance, bikes, music, dogs, books, and whatever other things inspire me to write. It’s also an opportunity for me to build and tinker with publishing tech – see the colophon category for more about that.

You can find me as jmaxsfu on Mastodon and a few other places.