In the fifth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden"Space Explorations: Avant-Garde Music in Three Dimensions," host Matthew Friedman explores how avant-garde composers rediscovered the spatial nature of sound in the 20th century, and explored the three-dimensional implications of their music. This episode features music by Charles Ives, Erik Satie, Edgard Varese, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, David Tudor, and Henry Brant, as well as Giovanni Gabrielli, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

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In the fourth episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “The Tale of the Tape: The First Electronic Music Revolution,” host Matthew Friedman explores the impact of magnetic tape recording technologies on avant-garde composers, and on the birth of electronic music. This episode features an interview with composer Pauline Oliveros, music by Oliveros, Pierre Schaeffer, Halim El-Dabh, Otto Luening, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Alice Shields, Lejaren Hiller, Steve Reich, and Jacob Druckman.


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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the academic treatment of comics and comic books, from art history to comic book studies, and Robert interviews Julian C. Chambliss, Associate Professor of History at Rollins College, about reviewing comics for scholarly and popular audiences.

Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

  • Art in America, January 2016 issue on comics (mostly off-line)
  • Julian's piece on the comics behind the movies and television we love, for the Orlando Weekly
  • Julian Chambliss, "Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience," Sequential SmArt: A Conference

This episode is a special treat, as it features Robert's conversation with Barry Mauer, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCF and a former music critic, speaking about music criticism as a form of reviewing. The topic of the conversation turns to Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self-Portrait, which was famously panned by Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone. And finally, Robert and Barry talk about "meta-criticism."

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The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 15 Citations

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This episode is one of an occasional series where Yelena and Robert speak with H-Net's copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about the nuts and bolts of reviewing at H-Net. In this installment, we discuss the use of citations in scholarly book reviews, which Charlotte and Basia explain are usually kept to a minimum. One exception to this rule is a historiographical review essay, such as the one mentioned during the conversation. That review was:

  • Brian Cowan. Review of Tyacke, Nicholas, ed., The English Revolution c. 1590-1720: Politics, Religion and Communities. H-Albion, H-Net Reviews

In this episode, we return to the topic of peer review, this time discussing the peer review process for editing and publishing scholarly editions. Robert interviews Mark Kamrath, a Professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Mark is the General Editor of The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition and a Co-Director of UCF's Center for Humanities and Digital Research. In the interview, Mark describes in detail his experience of editing an online scholarly edition of the papers of the Early American historian, editor, and novelist Charles Brockden Brown

In this episodeYelena and Robert discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing short reviews. Yelena mentions The New Yorker's regular Briefly Noted reviews, which prove without a doubt that writing skill matters in the short review. Robert then interviews H-Diplo review editor Seth Offenbach about Seth's process for determining review length and what he looks for in a review. H-Net Reviews does not stipulate a program-wide word count, but we tend concur with Seth's opinion that 1,200-1,500 words is usually best. Don't miss this conversation if you are a reviewer wondering how to go about

In this episode, Robert and Yelena speak with Paolo Giordano, the Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at the University of Central Florida about some things to consider when reviewing translated works. While few H-Net networks regularly review works of translations, a recent review on H-Buddhism did consider the issue of translation and cultural context:

  • John Jorgensen. Review of Heine, Steven, Zen Koans. H-Buddhism, H-Net Reviews. May, 2015.
    • Link to the review on the H-Net Commons

Yelena also mentioned other readings on reviewing translations

The Art of the Review Show Notes for Episode 9 Peer Review

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the internal peer review process that journals and academic book publishers undergo prior to publication. We speak about the expectations for peer reviewers in evaluating a manuscript and the work that publishers and editors do in recruiting such reviewers. In the second part of the episode, Robert interviews Derek Krissoff, Director of West Virginia University Press about the review process from a publisher's point of view. Don't miss that second half of the episode, and feel free to respond by replying to this blog post or starting a discussion

In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about what special considerations reviewers should make regarding a book's author. Robert shares his experiences of having his own book reviewed, and then speaks with Brendan C. Lindsay, whose own book, Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1848-1873, was recently reviewed on H-AmIndian, about the ways that that review has been helpful to him.

The reviews we discussed were:

  • Hanchett, Tom. Review of To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville. Florida Historical Quarterly 93, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 262-263. (not