Housekeeping And Some Blatant Self-Promotion—And Criticism
Since American Heritage has stopped adding to their weblog, I’m removing it from the blogroll. In its place I’m adding a weblog based on a book, How the University Works by Marc Bousquet. I scanned Bousquet’s weblog yesterday and liked what I saw. Let’s hope that Professor Bousquet keeps up the good work.
I’m also adding Ambrose Mensch’s Apocaloopsis. This weblog is dedicated to liberal education topics in general. There also seems to be a consistent great books theme.
Kennesaw State University history professor David Parker’s Another History Blog first attracted me by virtue of its name: I love it. But he’s shown an interest in a few of my posts, so I plan to monitor his work for awhile.
Spinning Clio has attracted by attention on more than one occasion. My first memory of him commenting at H&E was with Christopher’s Historians for Obama post. Spinning Clio’s author, Marc (that’s all I know), has been blogging for about six years. He describes himself an open-minded conservative. We’ll see! I’m game.
Blatant Self-Promotion—And a Little Self-Criticism
About a month ago I posted a review here of William Chace’s 100 Semesters. While the review received no public comments, about a week after posting Professor Chace wrote me a short reply, on the side. He called my assessment “thoughtful and fully engaged,” as well as “thorough and balanced.” Since my review contained real criticism of his book, can you ask for a better reaction?
The online Columbia Journal of American Studies finally posted my review of James T. Patterson’s Grand Expectations. I first wrote the piece in March 2006, and submitted it to CJAS in April. Since I hadn’t read the piece in quite some time, I worried that I might not like it in the bright lights. I’m happy to report that I (at least) fancy it now more than when I submitted it. Thus far it’s received no comment.
I can’t say the same thing about this piece. Although I’m quite please to have an article published by the AHA’s Perspectives on History (formerly just Perspectives), and I like the idea behind my piece (restructuring the AHA), rereading it left me disappointed. As with the Patterson piece, both gestated with editors for quite awhile. But seeing two uses of the word “enjoy” in the first paragraph, as well as some other awkward sentences, in the AHA piece caused me to wish it hidden beneath a sheet. What can you do? I wouldn’t be surprised if this returns, in terms of comments, only the sounds of silence. – TL