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Penn Press Log Rolls Along
July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1

The Penn Press Log was officially launched on July 17, 2006. The first real post, “When a Cosmopolitan Was More than a Cocktail,” announced a Wall Street Journal review of Margaret Jacob’s Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe. Over 200 posts later, the Penn Press Log continues to grow, as does its audience.

Updated almost daily, the Penn Press Log informs the online world about new Penn Press books and journals, but the broader goal of the blog is to promote the exchange of ideas. The Penn Press Log aims to tie the work of scholarly authors to current debates and issues in the broader community. Conversely, the weblog has the unique potential to make highly specialized discourse available to smaller online communities. The posts that attract the most visitors are the essays, such as historian Edward J. Blum’s recent piece imagining how W.E.B. Du Bois might respond to Christopher Hitchens’s advocacy of atheism, and special features such as “Wildlife of the Week,” which highlights the creatures listed in John H. Rappole’s forthcoming reference book Wildlife of the Mid-Atlantic.

As the Penn Press Log enters its second year, weblog editor Stephanie Brown plans to increase the number of essays and special features. Online dialogues between Penn Press authors and more articles on the inner workings of Penn Press are in the offing as well. See http://pennpress.typepad.com/pennpresslog/.

Almanac - July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1