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Friday, 22 December


The Being of the Sentence The Paris Review

In our eight-part series Life Sentence, the literary critic Jeff Dolven takes apart and puts back together one beloved or bedeviling sentence. The artist Tom Toro illustrates each sentence Dolven chooses.

Tom Toro


There are so many ways to pin a sentence down: the completeness of its thought, the correctness of its grammar; its rhetorical purpose, its narrative closure. Does any of them touch its being?

Night after night this message returns, repeated in the flickering bulbs of the sky, raised past us, taken away from us, yet ours over and over until the end that is past truth, the being of our sentences, in the climate that fostered them, not ours to own, like a book, but to be with, and sometimes to be without, alone and desperate.

John Ashbery is a poet of sentences. No one writing since Milton has had quite so much syntax at his disposal. Soonest Mended, the poem from which this sentence is taken, is composed in lines, which make for another order of punctuationand they make a difference, as you can see if you read the original. Here, though, I want to set the prosody aside in favor of the prose of Ashberys commas, and the way the wandering structure sounds the question of what, after all is said and done, a sentence is. After so many formal queries in this column, after trying out so many different frameworks and idioms, permit me a moment of existential free fall.

But a little form first, just on the way down. Ashberys is a running sentence, not periodic, not governed by an overarching syntactic design, but rather additive, tacking on clauses and phrases as it goes. At the start, there is a complete clause, Night after night the message returnseverything could stop right therefollowed by a succession of participial phrases in apposition, repeating, raising, taking away the message, then reassuring...


In 2017, Key Facebook Builders Disowned Their Creation Editor & Publisher

Less than a week ago, Facebook published an extraordinary statement unlike anything in its history. The company acknowledged for the first time that ordinary use of its product could be harmful. The bad: In general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information reading but not interacting with people they report feeling worse afterward, wrote the authors, who work on Facebooks internal research team.


How The New York Times Gets People to Spend Five Minutes Per Visit on its Site Editor & Publisher

People arent just subscribing to The New York Times in greater numbers; theyre also spending more time on its site.

In 2017, people spent about five minutes per visit on the Times site, which is up 35 percent from 2016, according to comScore reports pulled by an ad buyer.


Shafer: A Eulogy for the Alt-Weekly Editor & Publisher

The obituarists issued last rites for Baltimores alternative weekly, City Paper, last month not long after they penned the same for the 62-year-old Village Voice. In 2015, they gave the Philadelphia City Paper its death notices, and before that the San Francisco Bay Guardian (2014) and the Boston Phoenix (2013).


Cocktails for Toasting the End of Patriarchy The Paris Review

1. The Feminine Mys-tiki

2. Bloody Mary Woll-stout-craft

3. The Frida Kahl-ada

4. Anne Sexton the Beach



365 Challenge: Day 284 Polish This Is My Truth Now

Polish: to make something shiny and smooth, like a final manuscript


Ive been writing my posts the night before they are published for the last few days, which made my mornings much easier and quicker. Last night, W and I went out for a celebration dinner for our 6th anniversary, so there was no post writing time. I went to bed much later than usual and therefore didnt get up as early as normal today. I needed a quick word, as today is the final day before I send Father Figure back out to beta readers. One person tried to distract me this morning with multiple voice messages teasing me about the many typo issues in my texts last night while I was possibly slightly just a tad little wee bit intoxicated I blame the cab ride bouncing me all over the place while trying to type. But another person suggested the word polish. I quickly went to find a definition and graphic, but it took ten minutes. Google kept thinking I meant Polish, as in the nationality of people from Poland. It was quite a laugh and struggle to find something usable; thank you to Claire @ BrizzleLass Books for the 365 Daily Challenge word today. To the one who tried to distract me, you will be punished!...


Close Readings of the Police Blotter The Paris Review


If you read police blotters enough, you start to notice the colors: Pink bike. A yellow color backpack. Silver four-dour sedan. Heather-blue uniform pants. A black male wearing a black hat with white lettering, a navy blue coat, and blue jeans.

You notice the colors mostly because there arent many other details. Place, time, incident descriptioncolor of suspects clothing or car. Often the color of his or her skin.


I read police blotters because I write about crime, but I also enjoy getting lost in them. I can spend hours scrolling through outdated lists of events that happened places Ive never visited: Rutherford, New Jersey; Killeen, Texas; Eliot, Maine. Someone told me onceand Im not sure how he would have known, but I chose to believe himthat police blotters are the most-read pages on local news websites. So perhaps Im not alone.

Blotters vary in content by region. In Lamoille County, Vermont, there were five incidents involving deer between November 13 and 19. Car vs. deer, the log read the first four times, noting the injuries to drivers and deer (the driver was always unharmed). Then, finally, the recording officer became overwhelmed by the casualties: Nov. 17, 6:38 pm, a bad night for deer. The blotters of cities tend to list fewer animals and more violent incidents. Sometimes, though, the suburbs are brutal, too: Wellesley, Massachusetts: Knife flashed in road incident, 4:59 p.m.

The style tends to be more or less consistent across the board. Spare syntax, short sentences that sometimes arent quite sentences, sparse details. Small worlds are compressed into bite-size stories that are often without endings.

When entries dont end badly, the stories they tell can be charming. Some recent incidents, pulled from blotters across the country:

Nov. 18 at 9:19 a.m., a woman in Johnson lost her glasses; she thought shed placed them on a nightstand before bed. Police were able to locate them in the house.

8:06 p.m. A caller from Highway 49 reported a man showed up at their residence asking for an ambulance. [He] smelled like a skunk.

A resident...

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Thursday, 21 December


Variations michaelwrites

take what you want
you don't have to like it all
it is there for its own sake
yours for the taking

if you want to know
anything goes right in
unguarded revelation
of a consciousness in action

it probably doesn't matter who
we are all just variations
on a single clumay theme
complex enough to satisfy


Reports and Memoranda (Great Britain. Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) New Online Books

Reports and Memoranda, ed. by Great Britain Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Great Britain Aeronautical Research Committee, and Aeronautical Research Council (Great Britain) (partial serial archives)

Alcoholics Anonymous in Iceland (Hildigunnur lafsdttir) New Online Books

Alcoholics Anonymous in Iceland: From Marginality to Mainstream Culture (2000), by Hildigunnur lafsdttir (multiple formats at

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Shore) New Online Books

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: A New and Revised Edition (third edition; London et al.: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, ca. 1867), contrib. by T. Teignmouth Shore, illust. by Gustave Dor (multiple formats at

The Flying Man (Kennedy) New Online Books

The Flying Man: or, The Adventures of a Young Inventor (Boys' Star Library #187; 1891), by Harry Kennedy (multiple formats at

The Lake Regions of Central Africa (Burton) New Online Books

The Lake Regions of Central Africa: A Picture of Exploration (2 volumes; London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860), by Richard Francis Burton (stable link)

Verbal Syntax and Case in Icelandic, in a Comparative GB Approach (Halldr rmann Sigursson) New Online Books

Verbal Syntax and Case in Icelandic, in a Comparative GB Approach (dissertation, 1989), by Halldr rmann Sigursson (page images at HathiTrust)

Monopoly Trade and Economic Stagnation (Gsli Gunnarsson) New Online Books

Monopoly Trade and Economic Stagnation: Studies in the Foreign Trade of Iceland, 1602-1787 (c1983), by Gsli Gunnarsson (page images at HathiTrust)


Michael Zimbalist Joins Philadelphia Media Network as Chief Strategy/Innovation Officer Editor & Publisher

Philadelphia Media Network on Wednesday announced that Michael Zimbalist, 61, will join the news media company in the newly created position of chief strategy and innovation officer in mid-January.

Following an extensive national search, we were thrilled to find such a uniquely talented and experienced leader for this critical new role, said publisher Terry Egger in a statement.


The Adoration of the Shepherds, Macrino dAlba, ca. 1509 The Lion of Chaeronea

The Adoration of the Shepherds, Macrino dAlba, ca. 1509


Lynden Steele Named New Director of Photojournalism at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Editor & Publisher

Pulitzer Prize winner and Missouri School of Journalism alumnus Lynden Steele will be the next steward of the most prestigious photojournalism contest in the world, the Pictures of the Year International competition.

Steeles appointment, which begins Jan. 8, was announced today by Randy Picht, executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.


Glenn Thrush, Suspended New York Times Reporter, to Resume Work But Wont Cover White House Editor & Publisher

The New York Times said on Wednesday that Glenn Thrush, one of the papers most prominent political reporters, would remain suspended until late January and then be removed from the team covering the White House after he faced allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.


Facebook is Changing Licensing Terms for Watch Shows, Creating a Dilemma for Publishers Editor & Publisher

Facebook is increasingly asking for stricter terms for video shows it buys for Watch, including buying shows outright, sources said a scenario that would limit the amount of money publishers can make from Facebook.

As it heads into 2018, Facebook is increasingly seeking bigger-budget video shows that it can own outright, multiple Facebook Watch partners say.


Twitter Bans Nazi Groups, But Also a Journalist Editor & Publisher

Twitter is rolling out new rules aimed at stifling the activities of neo-Nazis and hate groups, but it is also coming under fire for suspending the account of a well-known Egyptian journalist.

Over the past year, neo-Nazi and alt-right groups have gained prominence online, in part because of the rise of Donald Trump and his tacitand not so tacitsupport.


Somaliland: An Unfulfilled Quest for International Justice Sampsonia Way Magazine

A crowd celebrates the 26th anniversary of Somalilands reassertion of independence in London. Image via

News of democracy and of free and credible elections is a rarity from the troubled Horn of Africa region. There is an unlikely exception however: the self-proclaimed de facto independent republic of Somaliland. On November 13th, citizens of Somaliland quietly elected their fifth president in a free, fair, credible, and peaceful election that was more than ever before closely watched by the international community. Subsequently, the presidential candidate of the ruling party Kulmiye Party, Muse Bihi Abdi, was declared winner by the independent electoral body, garnering fifty-five percent of the votes.

The de facto republic of Somaliland unilaterally broke away from Somalia when the latter descended into chaos in 1991. Since then, the parent state of Somalia is wrestling with unending brutal civil war, notably with the among rival clan-based warlords and since 2007 al-Qaeda linked terrorist insurgency al Shabaab. Even amid massive international backing, Somalia is still a failed state. In a presidential election held earlier this year, Somalis, unlike Somalilanders, were denied a full franchise of one man, one vote. A few drawbacks aside, Somaliland,on the other hand, enjoys a functioning democratic hybrid system that combines modernity and tradition, whereby cl...


Fresco depicting the battle at the amphitheater of Pompeii... The Lion of Chaeronea

Fresco depicting the battle at the amphitheater of Pompeii between Pompeians and Nucerians in 59 CE, which, according to Tacitus (Annals XIV.17), led to the Roman Senates banning gladiatorial games at Pompeii for ten years.  From the  Casa della Rissa nell'Anfiteatro (I, 3, 23), Pompeii; now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.


Booked 4 Murder (A Sophie Kimball Mystery) Any Good Book

Author:  J.C. Eaton
Genre:  Mystery

Mass Market Paperback; Digital Bopk
ISBN #:  9781496708557
Kensington Publishing
320 Pages
June 27, 2017

Sophie "Phee" Kemball is not a cop.  She's a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota.  But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book.  According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse.  Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate.

Is her mother just bored and lonely?  She does have a new pet - a long-hair chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund) - for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling).  Phee is certain that their book club selection isn't cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies?  As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she'll need to read between the lines before it's someone else's final chapter...

Sophie 'Phee' Kimball works in the Mankato, Minnesota police department in accounting.  One day she receives a call from her mother Harriet, who lives in a retirement community in Sun City, Arizona.  It seems her mother's book club, Booked 4 Murder, has been reading a book that is 'cursed' according to Harriet.  She wants Phee to come to Arizona and investigate the situation and find out the truth before there are any more deaths.  Phee thinks it's ridiculous, but with a little coaxing from a police detective friend, she decides to make the trip.

Once she arrives, she tries to convince her mother of everything only being coincidences - these were elderly women, after all; but when Harriet insists it was murder, Phee reluctantly begins an investigation into the deaths.  Not knowing how to go about it, she manages a mish mash way of asking questions, and trying to discover the truth.  Even though it takes awhile, Phee begins to put together the pieces and discovers how easy it is for coincidences to become reality.

I really wanted to like...


Educators Focus on Social Media, Digital-First Newsrooms and Fake News Editor & Publisher

The most prevalent trends in journalism education for 2017 are far from monolithic.

Social medias uses and limitations. Digital medias prominence in student newsrooms and J-School curricula. News literacy, or fake news, that warrants transparency and strengthened ethics. Innovation in technology but also mindset. Data analytics for increased visibility and audience engagement.


Puerto Rico Sketchbook: The Houses Still Standing The Paris Review

In November, the artist and writer Molly Crabapple spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts by communities to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here are excerpts from her sketchbook.

Molly Crabapple


We are older than you, Pepe says, when I meet him on the lemon-yellow striped bridge. The bridge is in Paloma Abajo, a neighborhood in the Comero municipality that Defend PR is helping to rebuild. He is older than I am, with a neat gray beard and a bandana printed with marijuana leaves wrapped around his hair, but he is speaking not of himself but of our respective countries of birth. Puerto Rico was colonized before the United States, and by the time U.S. gunboats boomed into its harbor in 1898, it had enjoyed its hard-won autonomy from Spain for several monthsnot that this helped the island in the eyes of its new overlords. In the opinion of many U.S. politicians, Puerto Rico was populated by members of the deficient Spanish race, too lazy and primitive to be granted either independence or statehood. How little some attitudes change.

I draw Pepes housea wonder of lime green, high amidst the greener hills. Dont draw the American flag, he tells me. My wife put it up. Later, he takes me inside the house, whose three squat stories he built with his own hands. He made their walls so thick and strong that even Hurricane Maria could not knock them down. Two black-and-white portraits of Pedro Albizu Campos hang in the living room. Albizu was a brilliant Afro-Caribbean lawyer, the founder of the Partido Nacionalista, and fluent in six languages. In 1921, he graduated valedictorian of his class at Harvard. In the years that came after, he advocated for armed insurrection against U.S. colonialism and spent twenty-six years in prison, where the U.S. (allegedly) experimented on him with radiation. They only let him out to die of the cancer this radiation caused. He is now venerated, by many Puerto Ricans, as a martyr for la patria, a sort of secular saint....


Publishers are Underwhelmed By the Payoff From Hitting Viewability Standards Editor & Publisher

Publishers are bending to the will of advertisers to make their ads more viewable, but some publishers are finding the payoff isnt as great as they anticipated.

Over the past year and a half, advertisers have continually pounded their fists, demanding that theyll only buy ads that are guaranteed to be seen by a user.


BBC to Increase Religious Coverage to Better Represent All Faiths Editor & Publisher

The BBC is set to increase its coverage of religions after a year-long review found that people of all faiths were often absent, poorly presented or satirised, according to reports.

The corporations religion and ethics review, which is out on Wednesday, proposes a variety of improvements such as including religious themes in the broadcasters popular dramas and soaps on both TV and radio, more documentaries covering religious and ethical issues being commissioned and for popular programmes such as The One Show to celebrate Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish holy days.


BH Media Group Announces Leadership Changes Editor & Publisher

BH Media Group has announced several leadership changes in 2018.

Lissa Cupp will join BH Media Group as its chief marketing officer. She most recently served as senior vice president, consumer at Angies List. Before that, she held senior marketing roles at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, e-commerce firm Chalkfly and Acco Brands. Cupp will be charged with marketing BH Medias print and digital products to drive revenue growth for the company.

In addition, Thom Kastrup will serve as an executive vice president and chief revenue officer. He will direct advertising and consumer revenue segments for BH Media. Kastrup also will have oversight of the companys digital transformation efforts, which are aimed at finding sustainable business models for the future. Kastrup joins the companys other current executive vice president, Doug Hiemstra, who in 2018 will oversee technology advancements for internal and external customers, the companys commercial printing business and shared services.

Also announced, Josh Rinehults was named vice president and corporate controller. He previously served as controller for the newspaper group. In his new role, he will have responsibility for all company operations. Brenda Draheim was promoted from treasurer and controller to vice president of accounting. Phil Taylor was named president of the Omaha World-Herald, BH Medias largest newspaper. Taylor previously was vice president and general manager. BH Media CEO Terry Kroeger will continue to serve as the newspapers publisher.



Our Contributors Favorite Books of 2017 The Paris Review

Fleur Jaeggy


This past July, I read Fleur Jaeggys most recent collection, I Am the Brother of XX (New Directions, 2017) with a mix of envy and admiration. While it may not qualify as holiday reading, this slim volume combines all of my favorite fictional things: a touch of cruelty, the comitragedy of the absurd, and a reverence for the domestic. I am a firm believer in the idea that in everyday household objects we find the magic, menace, and violence of our world distilled, a notion Jaeggy extrapolates to great and unsettling effect. In these strange, dark tales, photographs and paintings frequently come alive. Tea cups and spoons converse with spinsters. A lonely diner finds companionship in the fish she is about to eat (He is already a friend), while nihilistic children harbor sartorial obsessions with a certain blue coat or eggplant-colored penny loafers. As with all of Jaeggys work, I Am the Brother of XX is menacing, moving, and disturbingly comicaustere, but without ever losing its sense of play. I recently shared my favorite story in the collection, ...



What to Expect From Fact-Checking in 2018 Editor & Publisher

To get a sense of what the past couple of years have been like for fact-checkers, go no further than the dictionary.

In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary (among others) proclaimed post-truth the word of the year. In 2017, the honor was bestowed by Collins on the term fake news.


Study: Educating News Consumers About the Media Can Curb Conspiracy Theory Appeal Editor & Publisher

The more consumers understand the news media and how journalists do their jobs, the less likely they are to buy into conspiracy theorieseven ones that might be politically tempting, a new study by a trio of journalism professors has found.


Reed Print Inc., Publisher of Small Community Newspapers, to Fold After Decades of Coverage Editor & Publisher

It seems end of an era stories are becoming more common.

This one is happening in five Kern County communities, simultaneously.

Reed Print Inc., which has been in operation in one form or another since 1939, is closing its doors even as 2017 is coming to a close.


How the Grinch Self-Actualized The Paris Review


The book documenting this most famous episode of his life is called How the Grinch Stole Christmas!not The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It doesnt matter; Google knows what you meant. The television cartoon, upon which so many people in my generation have based their personalities, aired for the first time in December 1966. Boris Karloff, who did the voice of the Grinch, was nearly eighty at the time. He had less than two years to live.

Other facts about the Grinch. Shoes very tight. Quite spry despite congestive heart disease. Congestive heart disease despite vegetarianism. In many moments of repose, he looks exactly like the Cat in the Hat. Andagain like the Cat in the Hathe was a person of immense enterprise and imagination.

Let me point out three reasons why the cartoon is superior to the book. (Perhaps this is the place to mention that, in the year 2000, a feature-length Grinch movie came out, starring Jim Carrey as a pile of green modeling clay with feathers sticking out of it or something. I have not seen this film.)

First point. In the cartoon, the dog, Max, is essential. His uncomplaining, cringing, all-forgiving personality contributes a great deal to the visual buffoonery of the piece. This is absent in the book, where the dog is only a prop: once the fake antlers are tied to his head, he has hardly a role to play in the books narrative.

Second point. In the cartoon, the Grinchs hyper-competence is everywhere given its due. Recall the segments where Youre a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is being sung, segments that feature the Grinch sometimes proceeding with wicked efficiency (e.g., using a magnet to draw out the tacks holding up the Whos stockings, which then fall one by one into his sack) and other times with teasing leisureliness (e.g., winding up individual mechanical toys and marching them into his sack). The Grinch radiates precision and eleganc...

Wednesday, 20 December


365 Challenge: Day 283 Hole This Is My Truth Now

Hole: (a)  small or unpleasant place, or (b) where Jay goes when searching for music


Ryder and I had the apartment to ourselves last night, as W had to be out of town for the day. I thought Id spend a few hours reading and get to bed early, but that didnt happen. Pitch Perfect 2 was on the television, and I succumbed to the music for two hours, only to drag myself into bed completely focused on recalling various songs from the 1980s. Reading was no longer an option, so I decided to look up a few of my faves on the YouTube app on my phone while in bed. Ryder slept at my feet until I apparently pushed him too far. I was prepared to spend 15 minutes searching, then turn it all off. That never happened the proverbial rat hole weve all gotten stuck in took over! One song led to another, which led to more memories. Ryder abandoned the bed within fifteen minutes and curled up under his own blanket in his own bed. I guess he wasnt in the mood to listen to my jamming. Though I had gotten in bed at 11pm with a 100% charge on the phone, next thing I knew, it was 1:30am and I had a 13% charge on my phone. I dont recall anything that happened during those 150 minutes!

I have this occasional habit when Im home alone of listening to sad songs and power ballads. You name it, I probably listened to it last night starting with three different versions of Hallelujah. Air Supply certainly figured prominently, as did a few Heart so...


Industry Insight: News Organizations Need Longer-Term Revenue Metrics Editor & Publisher

Some publishers are making an interesting shift from focus on CPM rates in digital advertising to a measurement of average revenue per user. If they take it a step further, and think about ARPU over the long-term instead of a single session on a website, and in general rather than just advertising, it could go a long way toward fixing journalisms revenue problems.

Big tech platforms have long used this kind of measure, and a cottage industry of companies specializing in optimization of programmatic advertising inventory has emerged to help publishers make the shift.

Just in terms of advertising alone, it pushes news organizations to think more about user experience. Of course, weve always known that at some point data will show that 10 ad units on a home page doesnt necessarily equal double the advertising revenue five would generate. If advertisers insist that rates be tied in some way to results, the viewability of those ads becomes paramount, and less can be more.

It sharpens focus on keeping readers on your site once they get thereare they seeing smartly curated related content? And on how to get them to returnemail and push alerts, but also a good feeling about their user experience on the site.

Thinking about average revenue per user leads to the potential that machine learning has to figure out what ad formats, topics and messages are most likely to elicit a response or action by individual readers.

It should prompt local news publishers to finally get serious about knowing a lot more about who their readers are and what motivates them.

If average revenue per user encompasses all types of revenue, a much more extreme focus on user experience would naturally follow.

In explaining a few years ago why his new Philadelphia local online news site, Billy Penn, was not built around banner advertising as a revenue model, Jim Brady said that he wanted to monetize readers over their lifetime of interaction with the site and the brand, not a single visit.

The latter is exactly what most news websites are doing, and its why all of the most user-unfriendly designs and ad formats were created. Weve got one chance to hit this person with as many ad units, popup ads, autoplay videos as we can. And its a self-fulfi...


My Side michaelwrites

Shostakovich soundtrack to forgotten dreams
how Chekhov knows our time these Russians
not our enemy they know life deeply in a way
we'll never understand without them think of
Tolstoy Dostoevski Turgenev Pushkin Gogol
to mention a few I want always on my side


Sam Moskowitz (Hall) New Online Books

Sam Moskowitz: A Bibliography and Guide (2017), by Halbert W. Hall, contrib. by Alistair Durie and Jon David Swartz (PDF at

Building the American Highway System (Seely) New Online Books

Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, c1987), by Bruce Edsall Seely (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

Music, Ritual, and Falasha History (Shelemay) New Online Books

Music, Ritual, and Falasha History (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1989), by Kay Kaufman Shelemay (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

The Merchant of Art (Slyomovics) New Online Books

The Merchant of Art: An Egyptian Hilali Oral Epic Poet in Performance (Berkeley et al.: University of California Press, c1987), by Susan Slyomovics (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

The Electric City (Platt) New Online Books

The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930 (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, c1991), by Harold L. Platt (multiple formats at ACLS Humanities E-Book)

Selenarkia, or, The Government of the World in the Moon (Cyrano de Bergerac) New Online Books

Selenarkia, or, The Government of the World in the Moon: A Comical History (London: Printed by J. Cottrel, 1659), by Cyrano de Bergerac, trans. by Thomas St. Serfe (stable link)

The Pacific Monthly (Wells) New Online Books

The Pacific Monthly, ed. by William Bittle Wells and Lute Pease (partial serial archives)

Vogue New Online Books

Vogue (partial serial archives)

The Cry for Justice (Sinclair) New Online Books

The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest (Philadelphia: J. C. Winston Co., 1915), ed. by Upton Sinclair (HTML at Bartleby)

The Miraculous Birth of King Amon-Hotep III, and Other Egyptian Studies (Campbell) New Online Books

The Miraculous Birth of King Amon-Hotep III, and Other Egyptian Studies (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1912), by Colin Campbell (stable link)

My Life in Prison (Lowrie) New Online Books

My Life in Prison (New York and London: Mitchell Kennerley, 1912), by Donald Lowrie (multiple formats at

Black Roadways (Beckwith) New Online Books

Black Roadways: A Study of Jamaican Folk Life (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1929), by Martha Warren Beckwith (page images at HathiTrust)

Annals of the Worshipful Company of Joiners of the City of London (Phillips) New Online Books

Annals of the Worshipful Company of Joiners of the City of London: Extracted From Original Documents, Minute Books, and Renter Warden's Accounts, Etc., From A.D. 1237-1850, Together With a Chronological List of the Feoffees of the Company from A.D. 1497-1885 and an Alphabetical List of the Livery from A.D. 1496-1914, With the Dates of Their Livery (London, Privately printed, 1915), by Henry Laverock Phillips (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

The Lives of Helen Jewett and Richard P. Robinson (Wilkes) New Online Books

The Lives of Helen Jewett and Richard P. Robinson (ca. 1849), by George Wilkes and H. R. Howard (page images at HathiTrust)

A Visitation of the County of Suffolk, Begun Anno Dni. 1664 and Finished Anno Dni. 1668 (Bysshe) New Online Books

A Visitation of the County of Suffolk, Begun Anno Dni. 1664 and Finished Anno Dni. 1668 (London: The Harleian Society, 1910), by Edward Bysshe, ed. by W. Harry Rylands (page images at HathiTrust)

Community Development Block Grant Program (United States. Office of Community Planning and Development) New Online Books

Community Development Block Grant Program: Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for Entitlement Communities (updated edition, 1998), by United States Office of Community Planning and Development (page images at HathiTrust)

Post-Ottoman Coexistence (Bryant) New Online Books

Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict (New York and Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books,c 2016), ed. by Rebecca Bryant (stable link)


The Holy Family with St. Dorothea, Fabrizio Santafede... The Lion of Chaeronea

The Holy Family with St. Dorothea, Fabrizio Santafede (1560-1623/8)


Facebook Makes German Marketing Push as Hate Speech Law Bites Editor & Publisher

Facebook is making a big marketing drive in Germany just as the country starts to implement tough regulations designed to clamp down on online hate speech.

The U.S. corporation has historically done little advertising of its own but has plastered billboards across Germany with posters featuring ordinary people expressing their concerns about the site, along with explanations of how to use it better.


Wooden female mask with attached bells, of the Wee peoples, Cte... The Lion of Chaeronea

Wooden female mask with attached bells, of the Wee peoples, Cte d'Ivoire.  Artist unknown; late 19th or early 20th century.  Now in the National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.  Photo credit: cliff1066/Wikimedia Commons.


To Make Fundraising Appeals More Appealing, Mother Jones Turns Them into Stories Readers Want to Read Editor & Publisher

December is the season for fundraising appeals. In an inbox awash with individual appeals from publishers, standing out is tough, and brevity seems the obvious way to go.

Mother Jones has found success instead in longform essays as long as as a couple of thousand words about the process and work of journalism, and about the changing economics of the journalism industry.


The Future of Journalism in the Internet Age: Watchdogs or Lapdogs? Editor & Publisher

Media watchdogs, increasingly criticized, threatened and attacked by corporate interests and global governments, are also among the prominent victims of falling public trust in the wake of the proliferation of so-called fake news.

Despite some self-inflicted problems, such as those highlighted by the Leveson inquiry in the United Kingdom five years ago, news media and responsible journalism remain of critical importance to democracy.


AP Names Paul Caluori Vice President of Global Products Editor & Publisher

The Associated Press announced today the appointment of Paul Caluori as its new vice president of global products. Caluori, who has overseen APs digital services since 2010, will be responsible for creating and managing AP product offerings that drive revenue growth.


Our Relationship with Facebook is Difficult: The Guardians David Pemsel Says the Platform Doesnt Value Quality Editor & Publisher

David Pemsel, CEO of Guardian Media Group, is concerned about Facebook but bullish on the ability of philanthropic contributions to fund publishing. Below is our conversation, which has been lightly edited and condensed.


Will Robots Automate Our Journalism Jobs? In Many Ways, They Already Have Editor & Publisher

In the past year, a number of articles have come out warning us that robots are going to replace our livelihoods. More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at risk by 2030, according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and virtually no job is safe, predicts the International Data Corp.


Redux: Lucia Berlin, Eileen Myles, Caleb Crain The Paris Review

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazines archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.  

This week, we bring you Lucia Berlins short story B.F. and Me, Eileen Myless poem Sweet Heart, and Caleb Crains story Envoy.

If you like what you read, you can also listen to all three in the fifth episode of our podcast, To See You Again; and if you like what you hear, why not give us a boost in the charts and subscribe in iTunes. While youre there, tell us how much you love the show in the comments.

B.F. and Me, by Lucia Berlin
Issue no. 213 (Summer 2015)

I liked him right away, just talking to him on the phone. Raspy, easygoing voice with a smile and sex in it, you know what I mean. How is it that we read people by their voices anyway? The phone-company information lady is officious and patronizing and she isnt even a real person. And the guy at the cable company who says our business means a lot to them and they want to please us, you can hear the sneer in his tone.

Sweet Heart, by Eileen Myles
Issue no. 221 (Summer 2017)

Frescas got a new look...


The Economists Video Strategy Shifts Focus to YouTube Editor & Publisher

The Economist Films division gets most of its views on Facebook, but like other publishers, its turning its attention to YouTube, where audiences tend to be more loyal and engaged than on Facebook.

The 20-plus person division began in mid-2015 with a focus on long-form series, like entrepreneur-focused The Hub, backed by Santander, and The World in 2018, supported by Thomson Reuters.


Reporters Without Borders Says 65 Journalists Killed in 2017 Editor & Publisher

A total of 65 journalists and media workers were killed in 2017, the lowest toll in 14 years, according to figures released on Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders.

The non-governmental organization said 60 percent of those killed were murdered. It added that 326 people working in media including 202 professional journalists are also being detained.



How Much News Makes It Into Peoples Facebook Feeds? Editor & Publisher

How much news is really in Facebooks News Feed? What sort of posts do people see when they quickly check Facebook in bed in the morning, when they peek at it in line for lunch, when they scroll through while on the toilet (lets all be honest with each other here)?


Employees Purchase Prince Albert Daily Herald to Keep It From Closing Editor & Publisher

A group of employees at a Saskatchewan daily newspaper say theyve reached a deal to purchase the outlet and run it as an independent publication.

Alberta-based Star News Publishing says its sold the Prince Albert Daily Herald to a group of employees led by publisher Donna Pfeil.


Utopia Interrupted: The Uncertain Future of the Mall The Paris Review

Architectural rendering at Monroeville Mall, 2016.

It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality.
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

An attractive young woman with long dark hair stands in the atrium of a shopping mall. She is alone. There are no other passersbyno shoppers or security guards or senior citizens walking laps. To her left is a seating area with two unoccupied chairs, one gray, the other wrapped in geometric-print fabric. Nearby, an escalator operates without passengers. Its metal steps collapse and build and collapse again. Behind her, the concourse is vacant. Brown, gray, and white floor tiles abut the terrazzo before vanishing in the distance. The outline of her body is silhouetted against a storefront of blue-white glass, giving the scene the impression of a half-rendered hologram. No merchandise or display racks are visible, and its unclear if the store is out of business or sells nothing at all.

The woman, who is wearing a floral-print dress thats cut just above the knee and white high heels that strap at the ankle, appears happy despite the loneliness of her surroundings. She is carrying four shopping bags. Two are slung over her right shoulder, while two more hang at her side. No store names appear on the bags, but each one is a different color. There is a sense she has been shopping for hours. With her shoulders turned and her eyes searching, the woman poses like a fashion model stopped at the end of a runway. Yet something is not right. She appears to be waiting for a photograph that will never be taken, and her expression seems to ask: Can you see me?

Step closer and the incongruities become more evident. The womans  face is blurred,  almost  pixelatedthe way a JPEG looks when enlarged beyond its resolution. There is also a seam where her hair meets the background of the mall, and rough edges where the shopping bags float against storefront glass. Though from a distance she looked like a model that had stepped from the pages of a catalo...


Girl at Piano, Theodore Robinson, ca. 1887 The Lion of Chaeronea

Girl at Piano, Theodore Robinson, ca. 1887

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