A Little Literary Diversion

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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4 Responses

  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    If you like tales of wandering, please try the novellas of Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis, collected in The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. To mention that most are set on pathetically rusty tramp steamers in Mediterranean or tropical locales might mislead you into thinking they’re ripping yarns, when they’re more often about disappointed plans. They manage to be lyrical, comical and melancholy even in translation. The seven stories are more or less free-standing, though with recurring characters; so you can read them all at once or stretch out the pleasure, by reading only one or two at a time.

  2. Ken says:

    Aren’t we Americans astonishingly lucky that John Muir’s family decided to emigrate here from Scotland when he was eleven? Truly an excellent example of the Butterfly Effect.

  3. Sean says:

    I first read Moby Dick in my late twenties. I picked it up from the library, thinking it was something I ought to already have read. I was a little daunted by the size, but the opening paragraphs were so readable and charming I was hooked from then on. Melville really could write!

  4. Deven says:

    A.J., thanks as always for the tip. And, to all, thanks for the thoughts. I, of course, am most pleased that both are wrote and love their prose.