James E. Dobson teaches at Dartmouth College and is the author of several essays and books on American literature and reading methods. He has long been interested in the intersection of computational analysis and literary studies. While there are some fascinating potential applications from this combination that include organizing large numbers of books according to thematic groupings or topics or even genre, there are many problems with using computers to “read” literature. Recent proposals that we can train models to recognize a bestseller from an unpublished manuscript, for example, should be treated with some suspicion. In his teaching and research, Dobson uses and criticizes methods such as these while looking at historical literature and contemporary social media. Dobson’s most recent book, Critical Digital Humanities: The Search for a Methodology, provides a high-level account of this field and the promises and pitfalls of using algorithms to deal with human culture.