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The birth of Russian/Central Asian studies at Indiana University

A few months ago I read David C. Engerman’s Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts (Oxford University Press, 2009), hoping it might have some details about the rise of Uralic and Altaic studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Show More Summary

Anna Karenina x 2

As I've noted previously, two major new translations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina came out this year: Rosamund Bartlett's (Oxford University Press; see their publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) and Marian...Show More Summary

Oxford University puts all kinds of Christmas items under the microscope

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This year's Oxford University season's greetings explores different Christmas items thought he lens of a microscope. From the hard fur of a reindeer to the iconic Santa's wool cap. Not surprisingly, everything looks gorgeous under the microscope. Christmas too. Read more...

Publishing Jobs: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oxford University Press, Quarto Publishing

3 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

This week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is hiring a senior designer, while Oxford University Press needs a digital team manager. Quarto Publishing Group is seeking an acquiring editor, and Albert Whitman & Company is on the hunt for a children’s book acquiring editor. Show More Summary

Oxford a cappella group sings amazing “All I want for Christmas” (video)

An all-male a cappella group at Oxford University sings this amazing version of "All I want for Christmas" (video)

Great Job, Internet!: Read This: How The Simpsons affects the English language

The high-falutin’ blog for the Oxford University Press has decided to climb down from its ivory tower to discuss something even the simplest of slack-jawed yokels can understand: The Simpsons. In his post “Embiggening English: The Simpsons...Show More Summary

How The Simpsons Changed the English Language

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, there's an essay by author and Indiana University at Bloomington professor Michael Adams that investigates how The Simpsons has helped shape the English language over the past 25 years. Read mor...

#SluggerSoapBox: In praise of Bob Purdie 1940 – 2014…

From Stephen Howe who is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, having previously taught for many years at Ruskin College Oxford and worked at the New Statesman.  Irish writings include the 2000 book Ireland and Empire, and contributions to Irish Political Studies, Irish Historical Studies, and the new Oxford Handbook of Modern more...

When you get your period could predict your risk of heart disease

A new University of Oxford study says women may be able to predict their risk of developing conditions like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. How? Just think back to how old you were when you first got your period. Women who reach menarche before age 10 or after age 17 may be at a higher risk, according to the study. Show More Summary

Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Diversion Books, Oxford University Press

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a marketing manager for Crown Publishing, as well as a designer for Random House Children’s Books. Meanwhile, Diversion Books is seeking a senior marketing manager, and Oxford University Press needs a design project manager. Show More Summary

William Blake

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, attached to the University of Oxford, is currently showing William Blake: Apprentice and Master, which brings together more than 90 of his most celebrated works and offers new insights into his remarkable originality and influence (CLICK). Show More Summary

Books to Watch Out for: December

Notes from the book closet on new and forthcoming titles that caught our eye. “The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism” (Oxford University Press), by Joseph P. Laycock, out December 1st. On June 6,...Show More Summary

Amal Clooney Named 'Most Fascinating' Person By Barbara Walters

This year, out of everyone, Barbara Walters is most fascinated by Amal Clooney. Clooney (nee Alamuddin) is a successful attorney who was born in Lebanon and raised just outside of London. She studied law at both Oxford University and...Show More Summary

Parallel universe where time travels in reverse?

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Could we be living in the past of a parallel universe? University of Oxford physicist Julian Barbour delivers this headspinner: “This two-futures situation would exhibit a single, chaotic past in both directions, meaning that there would be essentially two universes, one on either side of this central state,” Barbour tells Scientific American. Read the rest

Oxford Marginalia Group

Recommended reading: Lauren Collins writes for The New Yorker about the Oxford University Marginalia group and the fate of bookish scribblings.

Great deals on classic literature from Oxford University Press

Our friends at Books2Anywhere, one of our longtime booksellers, have sliced 55% off the RRP price for more than 200 titles published by Oxford University Press. This offer lasts until December 31. Lots of classic literature is available here, including some masterpieces from Trollope, Kipling, Woolf and Lovecraft. There is also a decent helping of […]

Emma Watson And Her Hot Rugby Player Boyfriend Matthew Janney Have Called It Quits!

2 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : CocoPerez

Another one bites the dust. Emma Watson and Matthew Janney have called it quits after one year of dating. The Harry Potter star and the 22-year-old Oxford University student were first seen canoodling in the Caribbean this January. After that, the two kept a low profile with occasional sightings in Spain and the United States for Watson's [...]

Emma Watson And Matthew Janney Split

Emma Watson and Oxford University rugby player Matthew Janney have called it quits. Watson's rep confirmed the split while speaking with the Daily Mail, calling the decision "amicable." The couple apparently ended their relationshipShow More Summary

Emma Watson and Matthew Janney Have Split

Emma Watson is single again. The actress and her boyfriend, Oxford University student and rugby player Matthew Janney, reportedly split last month. Emma's rep confirmed the news this week, saying the split was "amicable" and that the two have remained friends. Show More Summary

Emma Watson And Matthew Janney Call It Quits, Is She Ready For Harry Styles?

Emma Watson is back on the market! The Bling Ring star has split from Oxford University student Matthew Janney. The pair almost made it to a year. The first time they were spotted was while on vacation in the Caribbean, but after that the couple stayed very private. Show More Summary

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