Harvard has acquired Norman Mailer’s mistress’s papers, including two unpublished manuscripts with scenes describing their intimate encounters. I kid you not. Read a tasteful overview here.
Archives for April 2008
My husband, Mark Trainer, has a story in the WaPo today. It’s called “Odd Man Out: A Stay-at-Home Dad Wonders What Comes Next,” and you should read it. UPDATE, 4/23: Mark’s story generated a lot of letters and emails, mostly very thoughtful. The Post ran some this week.
That’s the headline that the Washington Post gave my review of Dee Dee Myers’s new book, Why Women Should Rule the World. Myers, as you may recall, was Bill Clinton’s first press secretary, and the first woman in the job. I’m not sure where the wisdom lies–I found very little in the book–but there surely… Continue reading »
In the N.B. column of its April 4 issue, the Times Literary Supplement discusses my recent article about a dustup among Coleridge scholars. (The controversy turns on claims that Coleridge anonymously translated Goethe’s Faust; Oxford University Press recently published the text in question as Faustus, From the German of Goethe, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,… Continue reading »
Some other people did too. My former employer, The Washington Post, really cleaned up this time around. I remember a speech that Len Downie made to the newsroom a few years back–one of the years when the paper nabbed no Pulitzers–in which he said, “We are not defined by the prizes we win.” Or don’t… Continue reading »
The Library of Congress defends its commitment to scholarship and research in a statement posted today on its website. This comes after scholars protested the Library’s decision to boot the European Reading Room out of its current space to make room for an Abraham Lincoln exhibition. Read the Chronicle’s news-blog coverage here.
Heck, yes! This one’s a bit different, though; it’s hands-on and home-grown. While the Ithaka group was preparing its big-picture look at “University Publishing in a Digital Age,” the University of California system undertook a survey of publishing activities (or scholarly communication, as we must call it now) on its 10 campuses. As the report’s… Continue reading »