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  Publisher Spotlight: Intellect Books
Intellect Books
Bristol, United Kingdom

"Publishers of Original Thinking."

Though now more than 20 years old, Intellect Books has made recent inroads to redefining how academic books are made and sold. Intellect publishers works in a broad range, all with scholarly verve to spare...the more uncategorizable the better. One of their proud claims is that they take chances on publishing bold, original thinking, regardless of pre-existing readership.

Their books primarily fall into Arts & Design, Film Studies, Education, Performance & Theatre, and Media & Culture. Some upcoming titles include Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet film by Yana Hashamova (April 2007), Film, Drama, and the Break-Up of Britain by Steve Blandford (April 2007), and Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts in Computing edited by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner (July 2007). Intellect also publishes journals as widely concerned as the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies and the European Journal of American Culture.

Their design (cover, layout, general visual demeanor) templates are first-rate, offering tantalizing, abstract images that please both the eye and the bookshelf. One of their primary marketing devices, as well as services to the literate public, is their free journal Intellect Quarterly. Though used primarily as a launchpad for their recent books, IQ also showcases useful articles, summaries, and revealing interviews about Intellect's publishing philosophy. Issue 5 is now available.
  Begging Y'er Pardon
I must account for my recent absence...first on the academic front. Just over a week ago, I attended the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago, IL. My work "Alex Cox's Three Businessmen: Transnational Anxieties in the Postmodern City," was well-received and marginally well-attended. Though the audience was unfamiliar with the film, I'm confident that at least a few more people are interested in Cox's work and its unique relationship to the contemporary city. Soon after the conference, I accepted a TA position and graduate admission at North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC will be my home for the next two years as I assist with film studies classes, crank up my research, and generally prepare for further teaching and research.

Many projects of mine (or to which I am peripherally associated) are quickly taking shape. The newest issue of GameCulture Journal will be launched soon. Episode 3 of John Kenneth Muir's The House Between went live on Friday. Also, I'd like to somewhat officially announce a new, as-yet untitled literary e-journal that is in the works. Though I've no specific details to spill right now, I would like to point your attention to two links I've added to the blog from two persons who will be lending their talents to that endeavor. One is for Adam Miller's theory blog, where he is currently outlining a working process of "readership." Ever wondered why reading can be such an intense, personal, meaningful, and broadly interpretive thing? Read and thou shall be enlightened. Next up is K. Reed Petty's fiction blog. Her writing will soon be appearing two prestigious literary journals and is definitely worth checking out.

More soon, including some exposes on recent films and exhibitions.
Episode 2 of THE HOUSE BETWEEN is now available at the show's site. "Settled" is probably the longest episode...it covers the most "material" and really tells the viewer a lot about the characters.

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