Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Candide 2.0

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All Possible Worlds is the digital extension of the New York Public Library’s current “Candide at 250: Scandal and Success” exhibition; one of the highlights is Candide 2.0, a “networked edition” of the text annotated by professors, novelists, playwrights, and translators. I’ve been having an email conversation with the curator, Alice Boone, about reading Candide as a kind of proto-science-fiction novel, which I’ve always thought it was; something between a thought experiment and a dystopia, Candide was even on my “SF, Modernity, and Empire” exam list at one point.

More than that, though, Candide is one of those books I read as a teenager and could just never forget; it’s probably one of the ten novels most responsible for building my young leftist, atheist self…

Written by gerrycanavan

February 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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  1. oh my god that’s so totally awesome because i’m going to be reading candide in AP english later this semester!

    i’m already a young leftist atheist, so let’s see how this book influences me.


    February 27, 2010 at 12:20 am

  2. Some days it’s like the whole Internet dances just for you.


    February 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

  3. Doing this with a more contemporary text might make it more engaging. One of William Gibson’s novels—which deal with the implications of cyberspace—might yield better results.


    March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  4. That’s true, but of course, Candide is out of copyright and Gibson is not.


    March 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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