February 15, 2013
Continuing with our series on Black History Month, we’ll take a look this week at African-American painter Jacob Lawrence who is featured in our own Exiles, Diasporas And Strangers, the fourth book in Annotating Art’s Histories: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Visual Arts, a series edited by Kobena Mercer.
February 11, 2013
Our next post for Black History Month focuses on Technology and the African-American Experience, a collection of essays edited by Bruce Sinclair that examine the relationship between race and technology in American history. Below are some more details on the book and an excerpt from an essay by Judith Carney, which demonstrates how essential West African slaves were to South Carolina’s lucrative rice plantation economy due to their knowledge and expertise of rice cultivation.
February 1, 2013
Happy Friday! In honor of Black History Month, we’ll post about related titles every Friday throughout February. Last year, we posted an excerpt from Anca Parvulescu’s Laughter that discussed Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and laughter. We’re kicking off this year’s celebration with another excerpt from Laughter; this time focusing on Louis Armstrong and George W. Johnson.
January 25, 2013
Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf! In honor of Virginia, here’s an excerpt from Rosalind Krauss’ The Optical Unconscious. This passage touches on Virginia’s thoughts on Roger Fry and chess.
January 24, 2013
It’s a crisp 3 degrees in Cambridge this morning, so we’re warming our hands on our coffee mugs and dreaming of summer. For some of us, thinking of warmer days triggers memories of beaches and boats; for others, camping and bonfires. Since today also marks the anniversary of the Boy Scout movement’s beginning (1908), we’re revisiting Charlie Hailey’s Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space.
December 14, 2012
Happy Computer Science Education Week! We’ve been posting a series of mini-Q&As with MIT Press authors throughout the week to celebrate. Paul Ceruzzi, author of Computing: A Concise History, along with several other books, kicked us off on Monday, and on Wednesday, we posted a Q&A with Frank Bentley, coauthor (with Edward Barrett) of Building Mobile Experiences. Today’s third and final CSEdWeek Q&A is with Paul Rosenbloom, author of On Computing: The Fourth Great Scientific Domain.
December 11, 2012
Occasionally, a handful of our journals will independently cover the same themes within their pages. It’s been over a year since Occupy Wall Street began, and several of our publications took the opportunity to reflect upon the influence (or lack thereof) of that movement. The editors of TDR, October, and The Baffler have curated 8 pieces on OWS, some of which are freely available to the public and all of which are included in issues available now. We’re also looking ahead to a new Boston Review book, Occupy the Future. This collection of essays, which will be out in February, addresses questions of democracy and equality, and can be pre-ordered now.
December 10, 2012
It’s Computer Science Education Week! We’ll post a series of mini-Q&As with MIT Press authors throughout the week to celebrate. Paul Ceruzzi, author of Computing: A Concise History and A History of Modern Computing, along with several other books, kicks us off.
John Maeda reflects on The Laws of Simplicity for the 46th post of our 50th anniversary series:
December 8, 2012
Editorial Director Gita Manaktala on The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America’s Economic Future by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns for day 44 of the 50th series: