NYC, cont’d.

I had a very nice lunch with Brigitta (of PU Press), some lovely walks with Lisa, played a fun God Street Wine show, the kids are enjoying camp, the apartment is nice, the city is beautiful, the weather is perfect, we are loving being in NYC. Next week we’ll also get out to Princeton and see some old friends.

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Something exciting happened …

… in New York that I can’t really talk about right now. The week of September 25th is when I’ll be able to talk about it. It’s hilarious, exciting, silly, kind of unbelievable, and it involves not me so much as my beautiful, awesome wife. Stay tuned …

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Pizza

We’re in NY and eating all the pizza we can. Sad fact about New Orleans: even though there is so much great food, there is nothing at all that really deserves the name of pizza. It’s frustrating that New Orleanians themselves don’t realize this, they’ve simply never experienced genuine NY-NJ pizza. (They’re like the Ohio people who think Pizza Hut is actually pizza.) Domenica is OK but it’s a gourmet, thin crust, Tuscan trip, not at all like the real metro Neapolitan wop stuff. Venezia is actually pretty damn good, but it’s in a rather out of the way (for me) part of town. And Theo’s, Reginelli’s, Slice, and the rest — fuggedaboutit.

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Back in NYC

It’s so great to be back in New York. This time, back here as an adoptive New Orleanian. Which does feel different. The weather is great, the kids are psyched, we have a nice apartment just off Washington Square where I went to college for a couple years back in another lifetime.

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Omohundro Conference

I just got back from the Omohundro Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s really the premier conference for historians of early America and along with SHEAR, which covers the Early American Republic as opposed to the colonial period, one of two main conferences that pertains to my field of research and writing.

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Reader reports

So as academics all know, but most regular people might not be aware, when you publish with a University press your work goes through peer review which means sending it out to at least two readers (3 in my case), people who are expert in the field and have no prior involvement with the author or the project. The readers are anonymous in theory, although it’s not too hard to figure out who they are (especially since they are selected from a list composed by the author and editor). They make comments, suggestions, and criticisms which the author is supposed to acknowledge and consider.

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The Book

Although I may never find a tenure track job, it looks like at least I’m going to be a published author. Princeton University Press will publish my book, Building the Land of Dreams: The American Transformation of New Orleans, in tPU Presshe fall of 2015. The reader’s reports are back, and were very positive; my revisions should be complete by this fall, and actually the fact that I’m teaching a slightly reduced schedule should actually help with this a bit.

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Teaching is done

I’ve finished my spring semester courses, grades are in. It was a great semester of teaching, but it’s always a relief to be done! Now it’s on to thinking about book publication, travel plans for the fall, and thinking about what my somewhat different life is going to look like in the fall.

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