Google’s plan to digitize millions of books has stirred a controversy of epic proportions. Critics say the company’s project amounts to a monopoly that offers too little to authors. Proponents herald the access to vast stores of knowledge. Earlier this month, the US Justice Department entered the fray when it launched an antitrust investigation into the matter.
To be sure, the implications of Google’s initiative are complex. On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Boston Public Library will host a panel to discuss what the project will mean for academics, libraries, and business. Speakers include Daniel Clancy of Google Books, Harvard Law School professor John Palfrey, and Ann Wolpert, director of libraries at MIT.
After reading “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,’’ Thompson’s widely hailed 1970 magazine article, Cardoso wrote him, “It’s totally gonzo.’’ Gonzo meant “sort of ‘crazy,’ ‘off the wall,’ ’’ Thompson told High Times magazine. “I just liked it,’’ Thompson said in an interview sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “And I thought, ‘Well, am I a new journalist? Am I political journalist?’ I’m a gonzo journalist . . . And why not?’’
Among the early interviews in “Ancient Gonzo Wisdom,’’ a collection that spans nearly 40 years, is one with onetime Boston radio talk show host Jerry Williams. The two talked about George McGovern’s presidential ambitions, with Williams singling out Thompson’s coverage of the 1972 campaign as the most interesting he’d read.
Across the border in Manchester, N.H., the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop recently capped its 14th summer session with an appearance by a successful graduate of its own, Carrie Vaughn. She is the creator of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty Norville who hosts a call-in radio show that offers advice to the supernaturally disadvantaged. “Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand’’ (Grand Central), about a couple of werewolves whose wedding plans run into trouble, appeared earlier this year on The New York Times mass-market fiction bestseller list.
Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.