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Jennifer Howard
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Writer, journalist, gadabout
Writer, journalist, gadabout

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Childcare. Eldercare. Elder-dog care. Day job. Housework. I am rich in to-do lists. Writing gets done but too often it gets done in the margins* of the rest of my life.

I would like to toss a few clothes in a bag and escape with my thoughts, my laptop, and my notebook to some blissful spot where all I had to do was write. And maybe sip cool drinks and nibble nice things to eat and tour the ancient streets of some cultural mecca or the geysirs and waterfalls of Iceland in the company of fellow writers. And listen to craft workshops and…

Well, not this year. But I did get to write about some writers retreats for The Washington Post, and you can read it here.

*You can actually get a lot done in the margins if you try.

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I captured some scenes from the Women's March for the TLS: “But protests run on words as well as actions. ‘Your silence will not protect you’: Audre Lorde said it forty years ago, in a talk given at the Modern Language Association’s annual conference and later published as the essay ‘The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action.’ I saw it in action again on Saturday, caught halfway between the Capitol and the White House, along with another of Lorde’s quotes: ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even if her shackles are very different from my own.’”

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"Krause’s call to value sound more highly is an urgent one. Soundscapes — the collective sounds that can be perceived in specific locales — are under threat, especially those in the ever-shrinking wild." My profile (for the Chronicle of Higher Ed) of Bernie Krause, a pioneer of electronic music who's spent the last few decades of his life traveling the world recording wild soundscapes--and helping shape the relatively new field of soundscape ecology.

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Want to do some good this holiday week? Help this new mom and her puppies get out of the shelter alive today.

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The Mellon Foundation plays a much more central role in funding the humanities than a lot of people realize--and signs are it's opening up how it does business. I took a closer look for the Chronicle.

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"In Sale to Elsevier, Mendeley Casts Doubt on Commitment to Openness": After months of rumor, both companies have confirmed that the sci-pub giant is buying the popular reference-management platform. Does that spell doom for Mendeley's commitment to openness?

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"For Many Students, Print Is Still King": Many still like the "comfort" of print, even as publishers scramble to provide e-textbook options and online course materials.

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New blog post: "Bookstores Say Boo! to Amazon," thoughts on a report that some bookstores are refusing to stock copies of books produced by Amazon. Who stands to lose most? I worry about authors and readers.
http://www.jenniferhoward.com/blog/2012/10/bookstores_say_boo_to_amazon.html

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Hurricane or no hurricane, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a key copyright-infringement case that has the potential to affect libraries, museums, and other institutions as well as individual buyers of copyrighted works. I was at the Court. Here's my recap:
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