Month: July 2010

1616: The World in Motion accepted for publication

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Now that I have a preliminary commitment from a publisher I feel I can finally talk about my new book, tentatively planned for publication in fall-winter 2011 from Counterpoint Press. It’s basically a global history of the world in the year 1616.

Why 1616? In a way the year is more or less random, and looking intently at any one year would probably turn out to be interesting. But 1616, though in some ways more of an average year than an earthshaking one, falls right at the cusp when the world was teetering toward modernity. With a regular trade now established between Asia and the Americas via the Pacific the final piece in a true global economy was in place. Obviously I will have more to say on this topic.

The image above is by Hendrick Avercamp, a Dutch painter specializing in ice scenes. 1616 fell during the global cooling called the Little Ice Age. That cooling was a factor leading to the destabilization and fall of China’s Ming empire. I could go on …

I write like …

I write like William Shakespeare I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing! … William Shakespeare. Anyway, that’s what it says here. I was scrolling through…

Links for Friday, July 30, 2010

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil

Duly quoted

  • “His ceiling is through the roof.” — NBA player Keyon Dooling on top draft pick John Wall

Friday roundup | Duly quoted

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Print vs iPad

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Managing the slush

Here’s one way to cut down on the stacks of unsolicited manuscripts that are piling up all over the office. Independent Portland publisher Tin House Books has announced…