Things are pretty quiet here at the OUP offices, most of my co-workers are away celebrating with their families and friends, and the brave few who wandered into the office today were all a bit shocked by the silence. The good news is that without all those distracting people (bah humbug!) I had time to dig through a year of blog posts and pick out my favorites, one for each month. There are of course tons of great posts that I missed but below is a good start. Happy reading!
My favorite post from January was Philip Kitcher’s Hiding From the Truth which looks at why “it doesn’t help much to thump the table and declare that Intelligent Design isn’t REAL science.” I often cite his post to authors looking for guidance on how to write a post for the OUPblog.
In March we had our first “Inside Oxford” post by Evan Schnittman. While he had written for the blog before (Playing Nice With Google) the ABCs series started a discussion about publishing that I hope continues through 2008!
In May, Lynne Viola wrote a series of posts that gave us a look into her research in Soviet archives. Viola captured the day-to-day life of Stalin’s first Gulag victims by conducting research in the previously closed archives of the central and provincial Communist Party, the Soviet State, and the secret police.
After the G-8 summit in June, Paul Collier helped us understand why throwing money at our problems does not make them go away (How the G-8 Got It Wrong: Or Why Aid Isn’t The Answer). June was also the month that Ben Zimmer started his smashingly-successful column, From A to Zimmer.
September was a lot of fun thanks to the folks at Jonesin’ Crosswords who helped us make a crossword to launch The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.