I am currently reading on the parable of the banquet and the next item on my list is John Dominic Crossan’s “The Hermeneutical Jesus”, Michigan Quarterly Review 22, no. 3 (1983): 237-49. I pulled my copy out of the filing system and found that it was a truly horrible photocopy. You know the kind – pale, mottled text, two pages to a sheet with a black section in the middle obscuring the ends of the lines. My heart sank and then it occurred to me that maybe one of the libraries I can use has on-line access to Michigan Quarterly Review, and sure enough, I can get access to it back to 1999 through Proquest, or back to its first issue in 1962 through Free E-Journals. I had never heard of Free E-Journals before, but yes, there it was, with beautiful, clear print, one page to a sheet so I can write comments around the text and no black bits!!
The only catch is that in order to print through Free E-Journals, you have to load a page at a time in your browser window, then click the Print icon on the page, which opens a new tab from which you need to CTRL-P to get it to print. “How amazingly tedious!” I thought. “Why can’t I just print the whole article at once? What pain that that I can’t double side it without going through some amazingly complex process that is sure to mean that I’ll end up with pages printed upside down.”
And then I thought just how amazing it is that at 8 pm on a Sunday evening from the comfort of my home study, I can print a nice, easy to read copy of journal article using my own printer, instead of having to wait until the library opens and stand by a photocopier and get the black line, or wait for an interlibrary loan request to come back to me, probably with the black line. I love the internet! 🙂