Thanks Walt, Happy 200th Birthday!
Special thanks goes out to my dissertation committee for seeing me through to the finish line, particularly with this atypical project and so many moving parts.
Thanks to Steve Brier who supported me through my entire career at the Graduate Center, from my first days as a web designer, through a bunch of detours, and on to this final project. Thank you for teaching me to think intelligently about technology and about the importance of DH scholarship.
To Sondra Perl, thank you for teaching me to think about writing as an active experience of the mind and body. Thank you for your kindness, your generous spirit, for showing me how to build community, and for supporting me as I ventured out into this new territory.
And thank you to Matt Gold for keeping me on track and for supporting me at times when I was uncertain of my direction and doubting this project. Thank you for advocating for me and for making sure that there is space at CUNY for DH projects that explore new forms of scholarship and ways of thinking. Thank you for taking this on in addition to the million other projects you constantly juggle.
Thank you to the CUNY Graduate Center English Department for allowing me to take this risk and for accepting this experimental work as a valid form of scholarship. Thank you to Nancy Silverman for being a constant light throughout the process and for answering questions multiple times!
To the ITP program at the Graduate Center, especially Steve and the late David Jaffee, for introducing me to Digital Humanities work and the importance of reflecting on that work for the next generation of scholars.
To the Graduate Center Library, particularly Stephen Klein, for working with me to deposit and preserve this project.
Thank you to all the Digital Humanists and the NYCDH community. What a fantastic family to be a part of!
To Amanda Visconti for blazing the path for all digital dissertations to come, proving that it can be done and that these projects can be inspiring!
To Jason Farman for your help getting started with mobile theory and for thinking so clearly and eloquently about the field.
and a special thank you to the ARIS team, particularly Chris Holden and David Gagnon, for all your help and for keeping this open-source platform running and available to everyone!
To the Bard Graduate Center, thank you for supporting me as I worked toward this goal. It is wonderful to be a part of such a thoughtful and wonderful community. Emma, thank you for reading!
To Kimon Keramidas, thank for being a tech/comic/superhero/video-game nerd with me, a sounding board, reader, and life-advisor.
To all the Whitmaniacs; the Whitman scholars, collectors, fans, and poets; The Whitman houses in Camden and West Hills;
To the Whitman Archive, Ken Price, and Ed Folsom, this project would not be possible without your dedication to preserving Whitman’s memory!
Special thanks to Tyler Hoffman who introduced me to Whitman and helped set me on this path, David Reynolds whose scholarship brought Whitman’s New York to life for me, and Karen Karbiener who taught me how to truly love and celebrate Whitman.
Big thanks to all my family and friends, to the Throwbacks, and the Breakneck Boys, thank you for making life so wonderful and rich and for listening to me talk about this project, and how close I was to being finished, for a decade. Thanks to Jean Marzollo, who taught me to love writing and shared my fondness for Whitman. You are missed.
To Mom and Dad, thank you so much for everything, for the love of life and laughter, for teaching me the magic that books hold, how to be kind, compassionate, open-minded, and to always answer the call of the woods.
And finally to my wife Olgu, who supported and loved me throughout this project, who listened to a million crazy unformed ideas, held me in the lows and cheered me at the highs, and always reminded me to care of myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I look forward to walking many more miles together.