In case anyone is looking for a Christmas present idea for me, here you go (posted by A Novel Idea Bookstore):
I've been good, I promise. :)
New App for Literary Journals
LitRagger gathers the best small press literature has to offer into one convenient space for people who love great fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Our titles consistently publish work featured in the Best American and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
Maggie Koerth-Baker, the science editor at BoingBoing.net wondered the same thing. Check out her post--it includes a link to short audio commentaries on the winter of 1880-1881.
I'd never had a real clear idea of what "the train can't get through" really meant, not being totally clear on how to adjust snow-clearing expectations from today back to the 1880s. But, as it turns out, when the train company said they couldn't get the trains through, they were not messing around.
The elusive giant squid was finally caught on video
I know I'm not the only one obsessed with giant squid.
Mankind finally confronts the greatest mystery of the deep as the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat is revealed in Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, which premieres on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10/9c as the season finale of Curiosity.
For the next 12 days, UNP is proud to present our very own rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” titled: Twelve Days before Christmas We Recommend to Thee. Our selections come from our 2012 Fall and Winter season. Sing along!
On the first day of gifting we recommend to thee, a delightful and funny book of poetry…
In 2006 a
colleague at a leading university press told me “searchability is a fad.” His
comment has been on my mind ever since.
Much of the discussion
about electronic publishing, at least in scholarly circles, cycles back to searchability
– the idea that our books will be more useful if readers can immediately home
in on key words or phrases, either within a book or across many books. I spend a good part of my day with a search engine, so it’s not like I’m
opposed to searching and searchability altogether. I’m not against electronic
publishing either, although I’ve long been skeptical of claims about the demise
of the printed book, especially on the scholarly side.
colleague’s point about the culture’s over-enthusiasm for searchability seems
right, though, and I think he was expressing an idea that those of us in
university publishing know well and should articulate more often. Usefulness often
comes in bite-sized chunks, but genuine relevance is usually the product of
long-form argument. University presses should do what they can to make sure
their books are searchable, but should resist the deeper logic that seems threaded
through our collective fixation on searchability – the implication that all
books are, essentially, reference books. Read any page of Karen Ho’s Liquidated,
Adam T. Smith’s The Political Landscape, or Anne Hyde’s Empires, Nations, and Families – to cite just a few extraordinary recent books from university presses – and
you’re apt to learn an interesting fact or two. Read the whole thing and you
may well understand the world differently.
it to tomorrow’s cultural historians to explain why Americans of the early
twenty-first century tended to fetishize searching. (I don’t think it’s enough
just to say “Google.”) In the meantime the University of Nebraska Press will
continue to publish books that – even if they can be chunked, sliced, and
searched – generally yield their greatest insights when consumed whole.
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