After taking a brief hiatus, we return with our roundup of some of the great posts from our fellow university presses:
What can New Yorkers learn from Gulf Coast residents as they rebuild from Hurricane Sandy? Tom Wooten, author of We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina describes some of the possible lessons in a post on Beacon Broadside.
In another Sandy-related post, John R. Gillis, author of The Human Shore: Sea Coasts in History, argues on the University of Chicago Press blog that we now live on the sea but not with it. He suggests that this attitude has led to poor planning, including the present designs now being made to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.
In light of the recent International Day of Persons and Disabilities and the G.O.P rejection of a disabilities treaty, the Duke University Press highlight some of their excellent titles in disability studies.
The release of Spielberg’s Lincoln has given Harvard University Press the opportunity to highlight some of their remarkable books on the Civil War. Their post What Was the South Seceding To?, previews the forthcoming and much-anticipated River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom, by Walter Johnson. The post also includes a video with Johnson discussing the book.
Got a gamer you need to get a gift for? Look know further than the MIT Press blog continues its gamer gift guide with a look at A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players, by Jesper Juul. In the book, Juul writes about how video games have changed as the audience for games has extended beyond young men and boys.
NYU Press’s From the Square links to web-only essays from contributors to their forthcoming book Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. Essays include The History of Spreadable Media by William Uricchio and Interrogating “Free” Fan Labor by Abigail De Kosnik.
Barbie Zelizer, author of About to Die: How News Images Move the Public discusses the controversial New York Post cover of a man being pushed to his death in front of a New York City Subway. In her post, Why we are outraged: the New York Post photo controversy, for the Oxford University Press blog, Zelizer argues, “At a time in which we readily see explicit images of death and violence all the time on television series, in fictional films and on the internet, we are troubled by the same graphic images in the news. We wouldn’t expect our news stories to keep from us the grisly details of difficult events out there in the world. We should expect no less from our news pictures.”
The Princeton University Press blog surveys the recent attention paid to the much discussed Two Cheers for Anarchism:Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play , by James Scott.
Suzanne Barston, author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t, is the subject of the most recent podcast with the University of California Press blog.
The University of Georgia Press announces The National Poetry Series 2012 winners.
The University of Hawaii Press blog examines the growing trend of in China to recreate some of the most iconic Western attractions. These include replicas of Victorian buildings, a Bauhaus town, the Sydney Opera House, and the White House.
The Banjo Newsletter talks with Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience ; the interview is featured on the University of Illinois Press blog.
Krissed Off: The Searchability fetish: A timely counterargument about the importance of searchability via the University of Nebraska Press blog.
The University of North Carolina Press blog interviews Paul Harvey and Edward Blum, authors of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.
With Occupy Sandy proving to be a very effective relief organization and the success of Strike Debt, the Yale University Press blog fittingly offers an excerpt from Steve Fraser’s history of changing views and attitudes toward Wall Street, Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace. There is also a podcast with the author.