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Adorno, Meet Kafka

I’ve blogged previously about the perverse difficulties I’ve been having obtaining a copy of Adorno’s “Sociology and Psychology”. I could of course do something smart like actually paying for a copy of the article from the journal that published it, but it’s not that urgent, and our interlibrary loan folks are normally very efficient.

I followed up on the issue again the other day, and received a very apologetic email promising to speed things along. Then today, I received an email telling me the article was available, and providing instructions for downloading my copy. I followed the instructions, then realised I needed to download some new software to read the file. This was odd: when I’ve received copies of articles in the past, they’ve generally been PDFs, which obviously don’t require anything unusual. But, eager to view the article, I downloaded the necessary software, installed it, opened the file, and finally had the pleasure of reading…

… a copy of my request asking for the article…

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3 responses to “Adorno, Meet Kafka

  1. J July 1, 2006 at 9:00 am

    I had this problem. Is the file a .tif extension? If so, download and install ‘Brava! Reader’ @ http://www.bravaviewer.com/reader.htm

    Then save the file to your desktop and it should work fine.

    Hope it works!

  2. N Pepperell July 1, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for this :-) It wasn’t actually difficult to download the correct software to view the file – I was just playing the situation up in the post, because I’m amused that it’s been so difficult to get a copy of this one article. (I’m obviously easily amused…)

  3. N Pepperell July 1, 2006 at 11:17 am

    P.S. Would you know, by the way, what the theory is, in sending interlibrary loan requests via this kind of delivery system? Is it an attempt to firm up copyright compliance?

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