This is far from the first blog post draft I’ve half-written since spring 2011, but none of them have made it to the point of me hitting “Publish”. I think that’s a sign that it’s time for Crescat Graffiti to go on hiatus. It’s been a fascinating and delightful five-year project, but falling lower and lower on my to-work-on list since early 2011. What’s more, I’ve moved 2,134 miles away from my muse, the Regenstein Library, to start a new job at UC Berkeley.
So here’s where things stand:
- The book and t-shirt, mug, etc. store will still be available indefinitely.
- For academic prose, you can enjoy “Walls that Talk: Thematic Variation in University Library Graffiti” in Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2011).
- To make it easier for people to browse the graffiti corpus, over the next year or so I’ll be publishing many selected highlights on Tumblr, with new additions (hopefully) every day.
- You can still download all the graffiti pictures from Flickr.
- I’m still documenting graffiti when I visit new university libraries, and chances are, Berkeley’s libraries will see some repeat visits. Even if I don’t write a blog post about the new material, I’ll be adding it to Flickr and Tumblr.
- Find some good university library graffiti? Take a picture and send it to me (quinn – at – crescatgraffiti – dot – com), and I’d be happy to share it on Tumblr.
Many thanks to everyone for your support over the last five years, especially Judith Nadler, Director of the University of Chicago libraries (who didn’t kill me, after all, for doing this project), and the Regenstein Special Collections staff, whose exhibit On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life, which included a picture of a Regenstein whiteboard from Crescat Graffiti, opened just days before I left Chicago.
May the graffiti continue to grow from more to more and so enrich human lives, regardless of the state of this one project.