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What We're Reading

by bjs | Friday, August 10, 2012 - 4:08 AM

The last time we visited this occasional series , I found myself in the middle of reading pieces from the 2011 Best American Nonrequired Reading . Little by little, I drifted away from that story collection, especially as my annual July beach vacation drew closer. I managed to finish three books (one of which I was halfway through when we arrived) and get most of the way through another with sand between my toes. The first one, Chuck Klosterman's essay collection Eating the Dinosaur made me think that he thinks too much. He brings up some great points, but sometimes people just need to turn off their brain and enjoy life. I easily conquered Candy Everybody Wants , an enjoyable romp by Josh Kilmer-Purcell about a young gay man who accidentally finds himself making a run at Hollywood stardom, and How I Became a Famous Novelist , which gave comedy writer Steve Hely the opportunity to skewer writers, the publishing industry, and readers and still come off as unpretentious. I'm just about done with The Fine Art of Mixing Girls...Read More

Getting back in touch by going off the grid

by bjs | Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:05 AM

by Becky Brasington Clark, Director of Marketing and Online Book Publishing Not long ago, I did a quick assessment of the tools I use to stay in touch with the office, with my students, and with my family and friends. The inventory looked something like this: Personal laptop Personal iPad Work laptop Work desktop Work landline Work Blackberry Home landline Personal cell phone Work email Home email #1 Home email #2 University #1 email University #2 email Nearly everything requires a login and password, many of which require a uniquely nonsensical assembly of letters, digits, and characters. Most of this archive of personal cryptology is stored in a password manager on my smart phone. The password manager also requires a password. The only thing I fear more than losing my phone is getting hit on the head and forgetting that master password, which isn’t written down anywhere. I don’t want to miss anything, so I start each day with a ritual. After I pour the morning’s first cup of coffee, I settle into an armchair with both iPhone and iPad and begin checking personal email. I review work email over breakfast, often so I can go into a...Read More

Book Giveaway! Dean's List: Eleven Habits of Highly Successful College Students

by bjs | Friday, August 3, 2012 - 1:17 PM

If you have shopped at any large retailer lately, you probably realize school is almost back in session. Not only can you easily find parents buying lunchboxes and backpacks for the younger set, but shopping carts filled with new dorm decor for the Class of 2016 also dot the aisles. While we understand the importance of finding the right comforter and can advocate for the importance of empty milk crates as a key to dorm-room organization, we also know that the transition to college also requires good decisions. John B. Bader's 2011 book Dean's List: Eleven Habits of Highly Successful College Students offers a thoughtful, common-sense approach to higher education that allows every student to achieve. The book features tips from deans at many top U.S. institutions on not only how to get an "A" but also how to effectively embrace college life and become independent. We want to share these tips with one lucky blog reader. The first reader to name one of the 11 habits Bader talks about in his book in the comments below with advice on how to develop that habit will get a free copy of Dean's List .Read More

Better know an editor: Erin Durban-Albrecht, managing editor, Feminist Formations

by bjs | Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Better know an editor is an occasional series where JHU Press journal editors provide a look inside the scholarly publishing process. We work with many fascinating and talented people who serve on the editorial staffs of the journals we publish. Erin Durban-Albrecht , managing editor for Feminist Formations , has agreed to serve as the first subject in this occasional series designed to showcase some of them. When she's not eyeball-deep in editing, she enjoys crocheting the streets ("yarn bombing"), bicycling, and stalking used bookstores. As a Ph.D. candidate in Gender & Women's Studies, Durban-Albrecht is also working on a dissertation about gender, sexuality, and nation in the context of Haiti and its diaspora. Q: How did you end up working for the journal? A: The editor of Feminist Formations changes every five years, and in 2011, Drs. Adela C. Licona and Sandra K. Soto became the new coeditors after submitting a successful proposal to bring the journal to the University of Arizona. The co-editors wanted an editorial team who had familiarity with current interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a commitment to the field of gender, women's, and sexuality studies...Read More

Wild Thing: What's in a name?

by cmt | Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 7:00 AM

Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast. By Matt Cameron Female Carnaby's Cockatoo that has come to the nest entrance on hearing the call of her partner (Copyright - Matt Cameron).

Scientists have long known that parrots possess individually distinct contact calls, the loudest and most commonly uttered vocalization. These are akin to parrots having their own names, early evidence for which came from observations of Carnaby’s Cockatoos ( Calyptorhynchus latirostris ) . Males that had been out foraging would return to the nesting area mid-morning to feed the females, calling to announce their arrival. Tucked away inside their nest hollows, female Carnaby’s Cockatoos were able to distinguish the calls of their partner from that of other males, leaving the nest hollow and flying out to meet him. Names have some practical advantages that assist birds survive in the wild. In Carnaby’s Cockatoos, they prevent females from leaving the nest unnecessarily, reducing the exposure of their eggs to weather or predators. In parrots that stash their young in crèches...Read More

Happy Anniversary!

by bjs | Friday, July 20, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Earlier this week, the staff of the Press gathered to honor colleagues who have celebrated a special anniversary during the past fiscal year. The 21st Annual Employee Awards Ceremony provided an opportunity for managers to sing the praises of the honorees, as well as embarrass them a little bit in a few instances. We're lucky to work with great people who have contributed to the Press' long-term excellence for a number of years. We congratulate them on their milestones and thank them for all they do each and every day. And for giving us a chance to have a party on a hot Thursday afternoon! 35 Years: Patricia Smith (Journals Subscriptions) 25 Years: Natalie Garrity (Journals Subscriptions) 20 Years: Linda West (Books Design and Production), Alice Jones (HFS Customer Service), Sharon Ringgold (Information Technology), Stacey Armstead (Information Technology) 15 Years: Wilma Rosenberger (Books Design and Production), Melanie Schaffner (Project MUSE Marketing) 10 Years: Thom Maszczenski (Information Technology), Kathy Alexander (Books Marketing), Paul Peroutka (Mailroom), V. Davis (Accounting), Michael Carroll (Online Books), Kathleen Gochenour (Journals Subscriptions) 5 Years: Daniel Martin (Information Technology), John Cronin (Books Design and Production), Joanne Braverman (HFS Account Representative), Kathryn Orr (Journals Production), Linda Edmonds...Read More

JHU Press July news

by cmt | Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:06 AM

JHU Press Welcomes Three New Journals

The Journals Division will add three new journals to its collection later this year, announced Journals Publisher Bill Breichner. This brings the total number of journals published by the JHU Press to 78. The three new titles will be The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association ; Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity ; and Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. All three journals come to the JHU Press with an established history. Leviathan is the youngest of the three, entering its 15th volume. The CEA Critic will publish its 74th volume next year while Classical World is finishing its 105th year of publishing before joining our list. Published three times a year, The CEA Critic is edited by Molly Desjardins, Jeri Kraver, and Michael Mills, all from the University of Northern Colorado. Matthew S. Santirocco from New York University serves as the editor of the quarterly Classical World . Leviathan is published three times a year with John Bryant from Hofstra University...Read More

My So-Called Definition

by cmt | Monday, July 16, 2012 - 10:33 AM

By Michele Callaghan, Manuscript Editor Years ago, when I was an undergraduate student in Buffalo, New York, I heard a TV newscast that I have never forgotten. An important figure in the history of philosophy had died, and Eyewitness News was letting us know about it. “Jean-Paul Sartre, so-called founder of existentialism, dead today, in his apartment in Paris,” was delivered in the staccato cadence and sensationalized tone those broadcasts always had. I have occasion to relive that moment when serious events are trivialized on television and when people use the term “so-called” in what I feel is the wrong way. So does the term mean “known as” or “called,” as it is used in news broadcasts and other media? Or does it imply irony or doubt, as The Chicago Manual of Style states? The jury is out. Dictionaries—both Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary —give the common use as the first, or preferred, one. The OED shows the term with a hyphen as implying irony and without a hyphen as merely naming something. In American English, we don’t use a...Read More

Philology Lessons

by bjs | Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:08 AM

As I went through interviews for my job almost four years ago, I found myself having to learn plenty of information. For instance, I had no idea what the word "philology" meant, and we had journals focused specifically on the subject. I had to expand my knowledge base. I now know that philology is the study of language in written historical resources. So I found it interesting when I recently talked with Stephen G. Nichols , one of the founding editors of our new journal Digital Philology , that a publication dedicated to historical research has taken such a modern approach in its organization and planning. Not only will the journal--which just released its inaugural issue--take advantage of technology to help spread digitized versions of artifacts discussed in its pages, but Nichols and co-founding editor Nadia Altschul (who also serves as Executive Editor for the journal) have also taken solid steps to prepare the journal for the long haul. "The people who are running this, the managing editor and some of the editorial board, are all younger scholars, some of them just two or three years away from their Ph.D." Nichols...Read More

Predicting the Tour de France

by cmt | Friday, June 29, 2012 - 8:00 AM

Guest post by John Eric Goff

Each summer, the world’s elite cyclists compete in the one race more prestigious than any other--the Tour de France . Most of us know how to ride a bike; some of us ride our bikes on a regular basis. A tiny fraction of us may even be such serious cycling enthusiasts that we’ll use vacation time to notch a couple hundred kilometers on a bicycle that could have set us back as much as five grand. Tour de France competitors are on an entirely different plane of commitment and athletic ability.

The 2012 Tour de France begins this Saturday (June 30th) in the Belgian city of Liège. For ten consecutive days, cyclists must compete on fast downhills, grueling climbs, and under a hot sun or in the face of wind and rain. By the time cyclists reach the French city of Besançon on Monday, July 9th, having just completed that day’s individual time trial, they will have traversed just over 1,625 kilometers (about 1,010 miles). Want to know the great part of that fact? When riders rest on Tuesday, July 10th - just one of two days of rest...Read More