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February 26, 2007


As of today, Political Theory Daily Review is sponsored by Bookforum magazine. For a while now, PTDR has provided the widest and deepest pool of links to late-breaking, scholarly, and/or esoteric articles available on the web.

What sponsorship means, first of all, is that there will finally be something keeping the site running apart from the constant labor of its creator, Alfredo Perez. When I interviewed him about 18 months ago, he was hoping it would eventually develop some kind of relationship with a magazine. Otherwise it sounded like a hobby that had turned into a demanding part-time job done pro bono. He had discussions with a couple of other places before working something out with Bookforum.

The other consequence is that PTDR's range of coverage, which has always been broader than its title might suggest, will now begin to include more literary and cultural news. I'm told by Eric Banks, the editor of Bookforum, that there will be other developments down the line -- maybe a redesign.

That Alfredo is able to continue to exercise his knack for finding interesting new articles (at what seems like ten thousand websites around the world) is a positive thing, all around. Especially for any blogs out there pinching links from him....

(crossposted to Crooked Timber)

Posted by smclemee at February 26, 2007 7:26 AM


I've always thought of PTDR as the memorandum of the academic set, or maybe his answer to the Chronicle's Arts and Letters Daily. Thanks for passing along the good news.

I also want to see if you're interested in taking part in a little contest I just set up over at Mostly Harmless--who can write the best parody of Hilton Kramer blaming postmodernism for the Bush administration....

Posted by: The Constructivist at February 28, 2007 1:17 AM