Happy 2018. We’re still here, aren’t we, and that’s something, the way the world’s going. Kudos to us all for hanging in there. At year’s end/beginning, I’ve seen a number of journalists doing “My year in stories” roundups. I considered that–I wrote a lot of stories this year!–but am not sure I have the energy… Continue reading »
I pulled off a hat trick of stories last week, all on the library/publishing beat. For Slate’s Future Tense, I wrote about “The Copyright Mavericks,” including the Internet Archive’s Sonny Bono Memorial Collection and other recent library-driven experiments in freeing up scanned and in-copyright content for library patrons to research and enjoy. For EdSurge, I… Continue reading »
I wasn’t going to write any more about Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men. I already had my say. But the book and the response to it has got me thinking about what counts as a Big Book. Consider this a postscript to my WaPo review. If you follow bookish or pop-culture chatter… Continue reading »
When word got out in early May that Louisiana State University might slash its press’s subsidy as a result of the state’s budget contraction, Michael V. Martin, chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus, issued a brief written statement. For those who admire the press, it was not very reassuring: “We hope the governor and our… Continue reading »
Got word today that Louisiana’s state budget woes could force LSU Press to close. Supporters are rallying people to the cause, asking them to tell the LSU administration and the state legislature how important the press is to the intellectual life of the university and the state. I took some heat from a commenter on… Continue reading »
Insightful, entertaining, and thought-provoking, Middle Age is fascinating reading and for anyone heading for a ‘mid-life crisis,’ it is much cheaper than buying a sports car.
VQR has put its 1973-2005 archives online, including a short story of mine called “Act of Humanity.” If I were writing it now, I’d go with a different title, but I am still glad to see it available in something handier than the dreaded PDF format. Thanks, VQR.
Maybe not the best headline ever, but the funniest one I’ve seen today. Not that there’s a lot of competition out there. (“Major U.S. Companies to Slash 45,000 Jobs” just doesn’t cut it in the funny department.)
As you might have heard, it’s been a little busy here in D.C. the last week or so. I caught some of the peripheral inaugural action–happy crowds, massive litter, bunting all over–in between writing two news stories, three blog items, and a feature for the Chronicle. It turned out to be a big week not… Continue reading »
I got to spend some time recently at Georgetown University’s Office of Scholarly and Literary Publications. Informally known as Booklab, it’s a “literary boutique” run by Carole Fungaroli Sargent, who combines a deep knowledge of publishing with an intuitive-and-informed sense of how writers work and what they need. An author herself, Carole also has a… Continue reading »