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Peter van Inwagen, "A Theory of Properties," Exposition and Critique

This entry is a summary and critique of Peter van Inwagen's "A Theory of Properties," an article which first appeared in 2004 but now appears as Chapter 8 of his Existence: Essays in Ontology (Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 153-182.)...

Is There Hope for Artists? Scott Timberg’s ‘Culture Crash’ Envisions a Bleak Future

In this day and age, it’s difficult to make a living in America as an artist of any kind — or even if you want to write about it. Scott Timberg’s new book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class (Yale University Press) looks deeply into the state of the culture sphere, and how it’s squeezing out both the middlebrow and the middle class. … Read More

Publishing Jobs: Cambridge University Press, Elsevier

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

This week, Cambridge University Press is hiring a senior editor, while Elsevier needs a textbook sales manager. Hachette Book Group needs a web designer, and W.W. Norton & Company is on the hunt for a digital media project editor. Get...Show More Summary

French Voices Grand Prize

Nine titles were selected as grantees for the Fall 2014 session of the French Voices Award -- five fiction and four non-fiction (with a stunning three being published in English by Fordham University Press), and yesterday they announced...Show More Summary

Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep ? review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rashid al-Daif's Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep ?: now out in English from the University of Texas Press.


Review of The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder by Abram De Swaan. Yale University Press: 332 p.p., $35 As far as we know, human beings have always engaged in mass murder. With the emergence of the nation-state, however,...Show More Summary

Cornell University’s Greenland ice melt hype

From Cornell University and the Department of Inflated Headlines come this misleading claim that really should be anything new, and certainly not “groundbreaking” as they claim in this press released. After all, the tops of glaciers have been melting in the summer and making runoff meltwater which finds its way to the bottom of glaciers…

Newswire: The Marvel Universe as we know it is coming to an end

The original Marvel Universe, created more than five decades ago, is coming to a close. Newsarama reports that at a live Secret Wars Kick-Off press event in New York, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing...Show More Summary

Tomlins on Vinel’s The Employee: A Political History

Christopher Tomlins has posted a review of Jean-Christian Vinel, The Employee: A Political History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). Vinel teaches American History at Université Paris-Diderot, and his book traces the history of the legal definition of “employee” in US...

Mayakovsky review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bengt Jangfeldt's Mayakovsky: A Biography, just out in English from the University of Chicago Press. Let's hope it leads to a bit of a Mayakovsky revival !

Marvel Finally Reveals What's Happening With Secret Wars

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Marvel universe and its Ultimate universe are ending. That's according to a recent press conference from Marvel comics, who finally solved the mystery of what's happening in their much-hyped Secret Wars event — and revealed the new universe that's going to result from it. Read more...

Man Attempts To Rob Green Bay Taco Bell

A 27-year-old man is in custody after attempting to rob a Taco Bell in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette reports. Green Bay police officers responded to a call at a Taco Bell on 2230 University Avenue about an attempted robbery at approximately 7:43 a.m. Show More Summary

"Secret Wars" Will Combine Marvel's Ultimate Universe and Regular, More

In a just-concluded press conference, Marvel's Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort gave a few details on the upcoming Secret Wars storyline that will basically revamp everything company-wide. I'm not s...

Feds: Nearly all campus officers at public universities now carry guns

4 days agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Experts say administrators are increasingly pressed for assurances that officers are well-equipped and well-trained

Morning Report for January 20, 2015

The Lens loses its free office space at Loyola University in New Orleans just as it reports on the Jesuit school’s president. (Associated Press) | ( West Virginia House of Delegates considers harsher penalties for violent crimes against journalists. ( More on New York Times vs. BuzzFeed social shares. ( Chicago … Read More

Piketty's TED Talk on Capital in the 21st Century

Thomas Piketty's TED Talk on his book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Harvard University Press, 2014) (click on YouTube button on bottom right to view video directly on YouTube to avoid interruption caused by blog's refresh ra...

Mehrotra Reviews Zelenak's Learning to Love Form 1040

Ajay K. Mehrotra (Indiana), Reviving Fiscal Citizenship, 113 Mich. L. Rev. ___ (2015) (reviewing Lawrence Zelenak (Duke), Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax (University of Chicago Press, 2013)): In recent years, numerous lawmakers, policy analysts, and scholars have been decrying the many defects...

Digital Music, Mobility, Music Technology And Entrepreneurship In Africa

Guest Post by Virginie Berger, the founder of the Paris based global strategy agency DBTH. A few days ago, I received a press release telling me that Universal Music France was settling in French-speaking Africa. Which, frankly speaking,...Show More Summary

AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, educrats hide from press scrutiny, resort to threats, intimidation,…

AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, educrats hide from press scrutiny, resort to threats, intimidation, and obfuscation. Sounds like something that Michigan’s legislature, and Gov. Rick Snyder, need to look into.

Publishing without Publishers

Tomorrow, I’ll release the second book published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, and like with Punk Archaeology, I’ll beg my friends  and associates on social media to circulate a link to the release page far and wide. The book, Visions of Substance: 3D Imagining in Mediterranean Archaeology, is a perfect… Read More ?

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