Paul A. Youngman is Associate Professor of German at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and faculty associate at the North Carolina Complex Systems Institute. His research focuses on the German cultural reception of various technologies. Black Devil and Iron Angel (Catholic University Press, 2005) deals with the railway in 19th-century Germany and We are the Machine (Camden House, 2009) is an analysis of the literary reception of computing and the internet in contemporary Germany. Professor Youngman has enjoyed several research stays in Germany. Most recently he received a grant from the DAAD to conduct research at the Center for Functional Nanostructures in Karlsruhe. Other significant stays include a Fulbright research grant at the University of Hamburg and two DAAD sponsored visits to the German Literature Archive in Marbach. To learn more about Professor Youngman and his research, please visit http://htasthoughts.blogspot.com.