“You have fifteen minutes to look around. After that I’m going for coffee with my colleagues, and besides, God save me if someone found out I let a foreigner down here!” These words—spoken to me on a September afternoon in 2006 by an archivist in Bosnia-Herzegovina—marked the moment my book began.
I was in one of the archive’s basement storage depots. Many of the light bulbs were burned out, while a handful of others flickered. The impatient archivist handed me a flashlight, and pointed me down a dark set of shelves. “I think what you’re looking for might be down there,” she yelled just before exiting the depot. I stood in silence for a moment, and then switched on the flashlight. After ten minutes of straining to read the handwriting on filthy, uncatalogued stacks of blue folders, my eyes froze on these words: “Sites of Mass Executions.” Continue reading “Archives in Bosnia in Minutes and Hours”→
The Poetry of Everyday Life, by Steve Zeitlin, hit the stores this month. The book is a lovely meditation on the nooks and crannies of daily life where poetic moments are nestled. Throughout the book the reader meets poets who have captured and paid homage to those moments. A few weeks ago I got to hear some of those poets in person as they read from the book in a lively and jam-packed book party on the Lower East Side in Manhattan at City Lore, where Steve is founding director.
One night I had a dream in which I tried to navigate the narrative of my dream using the Word toolbars (both Standard and Formatting).
We manuscript editors spend our days with manuscripts and page proofs, e-mail and monitors; some of us don’t get out much, or at least as often as some of our colleagues in other departments. One night I had a dream in which I tried to navigate the narrative of my dream using the Word toolbars (both Standard and Formatting). So I thought, when you get an opportunity to attend an event for a book you got to know really well during the editing and production process and see what actually happens when it hits the world, along with a chance to get down to the city, it is a good idea to seize it! Continue reading “The Deer Is OK”→
Participants include Emily Monosson, Joan Baizer, Marilyn Merritt, and Gina Wesley-Hunt. The Cornell faculty discussants are Shelley Correll, Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Barbara Knuth, Lisa Fortier, and Margaret Frey.
This event is cosponsored by the Cornell Store, the CU–ADVANCE Center, and Cornell University Press. For more information, please e-mail Ted Arnold at email@example.com.
Cornell University Press author Peter Andreas (Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide and the forthcoming Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo) is going to speak at the Cornell University Peace Studies Program’s brown bag luncheon seminar at 12:15 P.M. on April 24 at G08 Uris Hall. His topic is “Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo.”