If you're a regular reader of this PressLog - and we know you are - you'll of course know that it's been seven years since we created this magnificent fount of information to keep you abreast of the comings and goings of MIT Press books and authors. And around each birthday we stop for a minute to take stock of the year just past. (OK, we missed last year, but we were doing pretty well until then.)
With the regularity of the stages that accompany the raising of a child, the PressLog has always found something dark and edgy to complain about in these annual roundups. Like Glenn Beck. Or the Gulf oil spill. Or cyberbulling. To paraphrase a great comedienne, it was always something.
But this year, the PressLog seems to have an unusually sunny disposition. Perhaps it's because seven-year-olds are independent, confident in their ability to meet life's challenges. Whatever, the reason, it was a good year for the PressLog, full of swimming pools, spacesuits, and, as always, games. And the Games - the Olympics, that is. And, uh, diseases, but that's another story.
There was a (literally) beautiful new series, Monday Eye Candy, meant to show off the visual splendor of many of our books. And while PressLog makes it a point never to veer into politics, it was glad to see the upholding of the Affordable Care Act, foreseeing a lifetime full of skinned knees and scraped elbows.
Of course, there were tough tasks to undertake, none tougher than saying goodbye to the authors whom we lost over the past year - among them, Jonathan Tucker, John McCarthy, Lynn Margulis, Alice Amsden, and Ralph Pred. A special nod to our former acquisitions editor Betty Stanton, who also passed away. All will be missed.
But we've already got the next year off to a great start: with lotsa laughs.
Thank you all so much for reading, tweeting, and following - we really appreciate it. Oh, right....we promised cake. Seems like we do that a lot. Okay - next year for sure. Promise.