In Jews and Words, Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger explore Jewish history and texts to contemplate the integral relationship between Jews and words. Check out this short glossary of Jewish words discussed in the book and join the conversation about words and Jewish continuity.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month! We want to celebrate by sharing a great recording of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing!)” with two titans of jazz, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
If you want to learn more about these two artists or about jazz music in general, check out our many YUP publications on the subject:
And for those interested in how Europe was inspired by American jazz, check out these books below:
Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?
from The Ambassadors bk. 5, ch. 11 (1903) Henry James, born this day (April 15, 1843).
Now that you’ve filled out your taxes (and hopefully received a tax refund!), you can follow James’ life advice that in millennial-speak translates to #YOLO
And if you’re a fan of quotations, follow our @yalequotations handle on Twitter to get your daily dose of literary wisdom from authors past.
I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden.
Thomas Jefferson (b. April 13, 1743 – d. July 4, 1826)
Happy birthday to our nation’s third President!
Did you know that Jefferson, in addition to being a writer, diplomat, and leader, had a green thumb and a penchant for science? Learn more about our American renaissance man through some of our blog posts:
Ship of Death: A Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World tells the story of how a ship of British idealists sailed to Africa to end the slave trade but instead ignited a yellow fever pandemic. Narrated by the author, Billy Smith.
For the full length video visit our youtube channel: youtube.com/yalepress
In Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Jennifer Michael Hecht examines suicide, and how we deal with the pain as a society. Built upon philosophical, religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions, Hecht’s arguments for choosing life are compelling and essential.
In this video, Hecht discusses the mimetic tendencies of suicide in response to the impact that an individual’s suicide has on friends, family, and community. The message is to stay with us, as a part of a community: if you don’t kill yourself, you’re saving someone else’s life.
To most people nothing is more troublesome than the effort of thinking.—James Bryce
Read the Yale Press Log’s Q&A With Kristie Macrakis, Author of Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies for more stories of how invisible ink changed the course of history.
With gorgeous spring weather comes grudging spring cleaning. But thoughts of birds, bees, and budding plants are not far from our minds. Can you spot the books related to nature and the environment in this photo? Happy hunting!
Some featured titles:
The Incidental Steward
The Snail Darter and the Dam
The Very Hungry City
Madness and Memory
The Future of Nature
My Backyard Jungle
A Field Guide of New England Ants
The Ambonese Herbal
The Realm of the Nebulae
Dog Days, Raven Nights
Risk, Chance, and Causation
The Science of Human Perfection