March 12, 2005

Links of the Day

Posted by Ed

In theory, I realize, I'm in the midst of a break from blogging. Even so, little things sometimes succeed in drawing me back.

One of my missions in life, you see, is to become sufficiently established that publishers send me free books to read. I took a break from blogging a little while ago, and then, low and behold, I got an email from a publisher the other day, offering me a review copy of a new book! (I've written about the professor's past work here.) Could blogging really be the road to riches, or at least to free books? For an academic, that's a big inducement to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Blogging has already brought me into contact with three writers whose work I've enjoyed for a long time, which is another nice inducement to keep going...

Second, I've had a very frustrating week in the provincial party archives in Saratov. Part of the issue has been that the archive was closed three days this week--two days for International Women's Day, and once for reasons that are unknown to me. (Frequent archive closings are part of what makes research in Russia so much fun!) Part of the issue has to do with a request for access that I've made, and whose resolution I'm still waiting on. (I'd rather not go into detail here.) In any case, I ended up spending some time on the web today, as a means of dealing with my frustration, and came up with the following fun links:

  • Was the children's author Arthur Ransome really a Soviet spy? The Guardian reports.
  • Scott McLemee has written a fun column on the art of the lecture. (I highly recommend it--it even quotes Erving Goffman! His column on bullshit is also fun.)
  • David Greenberg criticizes a bad history book in Slate.
  • Is America rich because a lot of us are nuts? A psychologist discusses the "hypomaniac American in The Boston Globe.
  • Mark Schmitt has several good blog posts up, including one on Rick Perlstein's (really good) book about Barry Goldwater, and another making fun of one of my least-favorite cliches.
  • Tim Burke's latest post discusses David Brooks and Paul Wolfowitz, among other things, and it's well worth reading.
  • Eric Hobsbawm discusses perestroika in The Guardian.

Posted by Ed at March 12, 2005 03:43 AM

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