"Time-serving reviewers, those sensitive registers of the day-to-day changes in current and temperature, no longer invite their readers to sneer at Mr. Leavis, and Cambridge seems to be becoming increasingly aware to whom it owes its international reputation for English studies. The Leavis case is fortunately the rare one of the obnoxious character holding on until in the course of time it has become apparent that he is a great man and must be admitted, however reluctantly, into the fold, if only to avert scandal."
---H.A. Mason, 'F.R. Leavis and Scrutiny', The Critic, 1/2, Autumn 1947, p. 21
[twitter.com profile] 0tralala linked to the Hansard report of this speech in the House of Lords by Lord Lucas (Ralph Palmer, twelfth Baron Lucas, a hereditary peer, accountant and publisher of The Good Schools Guide) concerning Amazon's business model and its effect on publishing. An informative read. The rest of the debate - including contributions from Lord (Michael [House of Cards]) Dobbs and Baroness (Ruth) Rendell of Babergh - I've only skimmed, but there's more of interest, including concerns about open access publishing and the application of a model designed for STEM academic publishing on the humanities.
Postgraduates interested in submitting a paper, or anyone who might like to attend such a conference (whether postgraduates or not) are invited to join this LJ community:

Why do some journals date their issue numbers wishfully? Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica did. I'd ordered the number for 1912 from the Bodleian, but the one which appeared in 1912 and which the Bodleian duly bound inscribing '1912' on the spine, was actually the number for 1910 and 1911. I consequently had what might turn out to be a wasted journey into Oxford, as the volume I want - published in 1914 but dated by the publisher '1912-1913' shows every sign of not arriving until OLIS's estimate of 11am tomorrow.
A look at the Guardian jobs website shows that there are a reasonable number of jobs I could just about throw myself at with some credibility at the moment; and given that the money is running out. There are a few editing jobs which, while they have nothing to do with history, I could try for; but I'm in the middle of clearing lots of decks at the moment - the biggest obstacle being the paper I'm giving at the colloquium next month - and I'm really loath to add to the burdens I've got by spending ages on more job applications, particularly as there's one I've decided to go for on the basis that I am qualified for it though it would mean moving away nearly 200 miles, and the job is only for 21 months. I really, really do take too much time over job applications (though nowhere near the week it took me to write the successful TGW application in 1999). But I feel confident that I could present myself as the bearer of transferable skills outside the editing of a reference work that is only revised on a grand scale once a century; but I plan to finish the book proposal and earn some pocket money (because that's all I'll be able to manage) this week, and I've got the ball rolling on some more TGW freelancing I'd taken away with me when I left in September.

Meanwhile, in broadcasting, a hurrah. I hope ITV Play never comes back, and others with similar formats go too, though 'interactivity' on shows like Dancing on Ice is fairly harmless, unless there's some deception I've missed.

Edit: I can't have been that morose, despite the icon, as I've cheered up making Doctor Who-related comments to my previous post.


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