From the UNESCO web page:
“23 April: a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.”
…Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, which does not include an index, although several online attempts to provide one (serious and not-so-serious) have been made (see, for example, a not-so-serious index posted on Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2235917/ and a somewhat more earnest attempt by the New Republic: http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-going-rogue-index).
This award was not meant as a political statement; the point is, rather, that surely any book on a former and possibly future candidate for political office is important enough to deserve an index. For the full announcement, see http://www.asindexing.org/site/PR20091120.shtml.
Today the New York Times has a piece on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, which was recently also the subject of some controversy generated by an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Whatever your opinion, it’s worth checking out the illustrated edition (featuring images by Maira Kalman) that came out in 2005. In fact, the publication of the illustrated edition was also the occasion for the performance of a song cycle (written by Nico Muhly) based on Strunk & White…. perhaps they’ll bring it back for the anniversary?
The Chronicle of Higher Education often has helpful articles about the world of academic publishing. Getting that first book published may seem intimidating, but we all know it’s critical for tenure, at least in the Humanities. Here’s a helpful article from a former editor:
I’ve just added a new link to the EFA’s common editorial rates. These are good guidelines to follow when trying to determine what to pay or what to charge. Of course, many freelancers, including me, prefer to use a per-page rate based on a sample of the text.
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What are undergraduates going to do with a major in classics? How about this: create a niche for themselves in indexing.