Category: Popular Culture

End of summer news and new books

News and Notes The August 8 edition of the London Review of Books featured a magnificent Colm Tóibín appreciation of The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht. Americans are living longer than ever, aided by ever-advancing life-saving medical technologies and treatments. Dr. Dan Morhaim, author of The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in…

Jane Austen on the Tenner—great idea, bad execution

Guest post by Janine Barchas I realize that it is not attractive to kvetch about something good not being good enough, but I just cannot help myself. A few days ago, the Bank of England confirmed the welcome news that Jane Austen will grace a new 10-pound note. Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, announced…

Mid-summer news and new books

News and Notes Curious about life sciences, or want to learn more about American history? Click here to let us know which subject areas you are interested in so that we can let you know about books we know you'll want to read. Tragically, there seems to be a rash of train wrecks of late,…

Mid-summer news and new books

News and Notes Curious about life sciences, or want to learn more about American history? Click here to let us know which subject areas you are interested in so that we can let you know about books we know you'll want to read. Tragically, there seems to be a rash of train wrecks of late,…

The as-of yet unnamed son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entered the world on July 22, 2013. Should Americans care?

Guest post by Daniel Kilbride Clearly, a lot of them do. News of the Royal Birth was the lede on talk radio, newspapers, and cable news stations. None of the other roughly 362,000 births that took place on that day received even a fraction of the attention lavished on the son of William and Kate.…

The as-of yet unnamed son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge entered the world on July 22, 2013. Should Americans care?

Guest post by Daniel Kilbride Clearly, a lot of them do. News of the Royal Birth was the lede on talk radio, newspapers, and cable news stations. None of the other roughly 362,000 births that took place on that day received even a fraction of the attention lavished on the son of William and Kate.…

June news and new books

News and Notes Take a look at our new Fall 2013 catalog to see what's in store for the coming season. Valerie Weaver-Zercher, author of Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels, writes about ‘Why Amish Romance Novels Are Hot’ in The Wall Street Journal. Mark Bowden writes in the The Atlantic,…

Keeping up with the Anabaptists

This past weekend, Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies held their annual Amish Conference, which drew a crowd of both Amish enthusiasts and members of the Plain community. This year’s conference focused on the challenges and effects of current technology on the Amish. Speakers at the conference included the authors of The Amish, which ForeWord recently…