These traversals by and interviews of readers Matthew Kirschenbaum and Margo Padilla, conducted by Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop, took place on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland as part of the Pathfinders project.
Both Kirschenbaum and Padilla made excellent readers for the traversals. Kirschenbaum is the Associate Director of MITH and a leading scholar in Digital Humanities. He had served from 2006-2009 as Vice-President of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO). Currently he is the curator of The Bly Collection; thus he is extremely knowledgeable with theories relating to electronic literature and intimately connected to Bly's work. Margo Padilla was a graduate student at the University of Maryland and from 2013-4 a Resident in National Digital Stewardship Program, an initiative of The Library of Congress in the area of digital preservation. While she was unfamiliar with We Descend, her training in digital preservation prepared her for a careful reading of Bly's work.
Readers wondering why there are no interview videos for Padilla should know that because the flow of conversation became so easy and organic by the end of the day, it made more sense to combine her traversal and interview.
Bly Reader Traversal by Matthew Kirschenbaum, Part 1
Bly Reader Traversal by Matthew Kirschenbaum, Part 2
Bly Reader Interview by Matthew Kirschenbaum, Part 1
Bly Reader Interview by Matthew Kirschenbaum, Part 2
Bly Reader Traversal and Interview by Margo Padilla, Part 3
Bly Reader Traversal and Interview by Margo Padilla, Part 4