I sat in on John Updike’s Jefferson Lecture–” ‘The Clarity of Things’: What Is American About American Art?”–at the Warner Theatre here in D.C. last week. The Jeff Lec, sponsored by the NEH, is the federal government’s highest honor “for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” The President’s Own Color Guard marched the flag in… Continue reading »
Archives for May 2008
Even the New Yorker has a book blog now. But this one (“loose leafs from the New Yorker books department”) looks like it’s worth keeping an eye on. I’ve already seen more female bylines there than I do in most issues of the print mag.
One of the things I love best about my job at the Chronicle is getting to do stuff like talk to people who spend their days wrestling Latin dactylic hexameters into English. A poet and classicist named Sarah Ruden has just published what appears to be the first major translation of Virgil’s Aeneid by a… Continue reading »
A nonprofit “publishing collective,” the Open Humanities Press, wants to do for humanists what the open-access movement has done for scientists–or at least make a start in that direction. They’re handling 7 journals to start with, and have lined up some impressive names for their editorial board, including Stephen Greenblatt and Alan Badiou. Best of… Continue reading »
Princeton University Press has recalled all 4,000 copies of Peter Moskos’s Cop in the Hood after discovering more than 90 errors of spelling and grammar in the 245-page book. They say an inexperienced copy editor is to blame, and promise to have a corrected version of the book back in stores by the end of… Continue reading »
Yesterday was International Anti-Noise Day. If only I’d known. Greg McNamee has a quiet meditation on our noisy lives over at Britannica Blog. Read it in a quiet place, if you can find one.