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Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteeth Century

Karen Henson; Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteeth Century; Cambridge University Press Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 31 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Fascinating account of opera singing in the late 19th century, focussing...Show More Summary

L.I. teen can walk again after near-fatal spinal injury

13 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

Nico Fiorello, 17, showed off by taking 10 steps without a walker at a Nassau University Medical Center press conference.

Repatriation Tax Holiday: Wrong In 2004, Wrong Now

Oxford University Press Blog: Wrong Again, by Richard S. Grossman (Wesleyan): Unlike fine wine, bad ideas don’t improve with age. One such idea is the Invest in Transportation Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY), which would institute a temporary tax cut on profits brought back...

Soda Politics: the first copy!

Soda Politics is out (almost)!  It ships to preorders next week! Max Sinsheimer, my editor at Oxford University Press, just gave me this advance copy. The official publication date is October 5, but copies should be widely available well before then.  Enjoy! For information about it, click here.

Climate Change Plus Irreversible Evolution Will Force Key Ocean Bacteria into Overdrive

I’ve got a press release from the University of Southern California that seems important, but I don’t have time today to read the study. So, you can look at the press release and tell me what you think of it. Climate Change Will Irreversibly Force Key Ocean Bacteria into Overdrive Scientists demonstrate that a key…

A Celebration of the University of Akron Press

The title of my July 31st post, “Not an Elegy for the University of Akron Press,” turned out to be, well, just that–not an elegy. In the wake of public outcry, University of Akron offcials seem to have rethought their plans… Continue reading ?

Two Preview Talks on “Plutocrats United”

I’ve just approved the final corrections to my Yale University Press book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections due out Jan. 12. (You can preorder at a 28% discount at Amazon.) I’ll be … Continue reading ?

Funding Academic Publishing

The last few years have been relatively bleak for university presses. The decline in library funding, increased competition from for-profit presses, and the shift from longterm priorities to short-term at universities not only encourage...Show More Summary

Idealism Without God: a must-read paper!

... by the brilliant Helen Yetter-Chappell [forthcoming in T. Goldschmidt & K. Pearce (eds.) Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics, Oxford University Press].PDF pre-print available here.I may be a tad biased, but I can't think of a more...Show More Summary

U of M, AP Falsely Blame Consumer Sentiment Drop on Stock Market Plunge

At the Associated Press today, Christopher Rugaber appears to have played along with a game of make-believe in his coverage of the August release of the University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers. The index dropped for the second straight month, this time from 93.1 to 91.9, a point below August's prelimnary reading of 92.9. Show More Summary

Yale University Press publishes 'Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls'

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

Andy Warhol (1928?1987) and Robert Mapplethorpe (1946?1989) are well known for significant work in portraiture and self-portraiture that challenged gender roles and notions of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny. This exciting and...Show More Summary

Oyster growers fret about ocean acidification, Oregon State University study shows

Just like there are no atheists in fox holes, you’d be hard pressed to find many northwest oyster growers disbelieving in climate change — and the related ocean acidification, according to an Oregon State University study. Three quarters of oyster growers surveyed said they were either “extremely” or “very” concerned about ocean acidification, according to […]

After Much Deliberation, Scholars Add ‘Butthurt’ to Dictionary

On Thursday, OxfordDictionaries.com sent out a press release that successfully tricked many news outlets into writing a headline with the word awesomesauce in it.  Oxford University Press was announcing the new spate of words that can now be looked up on its website after a quarterly update — the list includes manspreading, butthurt, microaggression,... More »

Mississippi State University: Campus Gunman Arrested, No Injuries

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Mississippi State University was on lockdown Thursday morning following reports of a gunman on campus. MSU spokesman Sid Salter told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that the person had been arrested. He declined to give any further information. We are asking everyone to remain calm. Show More Summary

Review: American Buddhism as a Way of Life

American Buddhism as a Way of Life by Gary Storhoff and John Whalen-Bridge is part of the SUNY University Press series on Buddhism and American culture. These editors are not Buddhist Studies scholars but rather English professors who also have published SUNY’s The Emergence of Buddhist North American Literature. American Buddhism as a Way of […]

You Can Now Fat-Shame A Redditor And Not Feel Butt Hurt About It

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

via GIPHY Oh, the joys of living language.  Oxford Dictionaries Online, the branch of Oxford University Press that focuses on contemporary language and practical word usage, added a slew of new words and phrases in its 2015 update. Some...Show More Summary

LG debuts ‘Rolly’ universal, rollable Bluetooth keyboard

In a press release early this morning, Korean tech giant LG announced that it wants to grab a bigger share of the mobile accessories market. It wants to do so with Rolly Keyboard, a wireless, portable, rollable universal keyboard. Opened, it forms a four-row keyboard with close-to full size keys. What makes the keyboard unique […]

Gerald Majer -- The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz

The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz Gerald Majer 224 pages ISBN: #023113682X Columbia University Press 2005 Three men sit around a table in a restaurant that--for one night a week--masquerades as a jazz club. The dinner plates have been cleared, and we're waiting to settle the check. On the othe... [ read more ]

Universal flu vaccine is no longer science fiction. Scientists report major step in development.

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Whenever Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, speaks about pressing medical needs he often brings up the universal flu vaccine. One of the costliest public health scourges, flu kills an estimated 23,000 toShow More Summary

The Origins of American Religious Nationalism

Charles McCraryReview: Sam Haselby, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2015) Some of the most interesting and vibrant work in American religious history/studies has analyzed the constructions and intersections of religion, politics, sectarianism, nationalism, and secularism in the early national period. Show More Summary

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