People think it’s easy being the PressLog.
Our blog – created and expertly curated to keep you informed on the comings & goings of MIT Press books, journals, and authors – turns five this week. Gee, that sounds great, you say to yourself. After all, five-year-olds are cheerful, energetic, and enthusiastic, and they enjoy making up games with simple rules. Supposedly they like to put on puppet shows, too.
“I even had to talk about the President of IRAN,” whines the little guy, “and I’m supposed to be playing GAMES?” (Don’t even get it started on the puppets thing.)
All that notwithstanding, the PressLog did have to take on some painful duties, such as saying goodbye to some of our authors: Those whom we memorialized included Paul Samuelson, Yegor Gaidar, Howard Johnson, Susan Leigh Star, Olga Amsterdamska, Anne Friedberg, and Stephen Schneider. We also bid a sad farewell to author, board member, adviser, and all-around visionary Bill Mitchell, one of the best friends the Press ever had. All will be missed.
But hey, we won lotsa prizes! And published our 9000th book! (Grammar as Science, but you knew that.) And when it all got to be too much, you could just meditate. Or go look at trees. Or, heck, talk like a pirate.
And as its cruises headlong into its sixth year, the PressLog is getting more mature by the day, ready to handle whatever hot topics and simmering debates arise in our little intellectual universe. As always, thank you all so much for reading, tweeting, and following - even the five-year-olds among us appreciate it.
Oh, and about that cake…well, maybe next year.