Jackson’s Wars: an update

It’s been a long, strange trip, riding these covid waves, but my book on A.Y. Jackson is nearing completion. “Jackson’s Wars” is now going into copyedit at McGill-Queen’s University Press, I’m finalizing images, and if we can keep it on track, it will be out in Spring 2022. Stay tuned.

Should it stay, or should it go?

No matter what you write, if you’ve done your research thoroughly, your first draft is probably going to be too long. If you’ve never written a book, the thought of having at least 80,000 words to fill might seem daunting rather than a restriction. For people who have asked me to help them write a... Continue Reading →

Microbiography: Turn over all stones

In my blog post on book breaking (and the version published by Slate), I wrote of two items that ought to belong in an academic historian’s tool kit: narrative and microbiography. Narrative requires a blog post of its own (but no, I did not mean writing fancy sentences and dumbing down serious work for the... Continue Reading →

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