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A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books

To help ‘rewild your attention’ I built a book-finding app

The Gentleman’s Magazine Of Fashion, Feb. 1870

(tl;dr — if you want to skip this essay and just try out my search tool, it’s here.)

Last fall, I wrote about the concept of “rewilding your attention” — why it’s good to step away from the algorithmic feeds of big social media and find stranger stuff in nooks of…




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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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