Paul Ford, Scanning Star

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We would imagine that putting the entire archives of any magazine online would be an incredibly harrowing experience, for a staff of any size. But what if we told you that this magazine was the venerable 157-year-old Harper’s, and that this was no staff. David Barringer probes the scanning skills of one-man archiving machine Paul Ford.

This tale of obsession should not surprise those of you who know the Harper’s editor. This is the man who spent the better part of two years convincing Williamsburg hipsters he was an aspiring rock star, and the better part of another year consumed by the life-threatening novel-writing process that followed.