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During a recent interview with Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio, Press author Andrew Herscher discussed his new book, The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit, a guide to the emergence of alternative urban cultures in the wake of Detroit’s economic decline. Herscher describes unreal estate as “urban space that has lost economic value to the point where it can support other sorts of value,” and becomes valuable in other ways. While intense attention has been paid to Detroit…

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With The Hobbit hitting theatres this week, LA Weekly, part of the Village Voice family of free papers, interviewed International Relations of Middle-earth co-author Patrick James about the book’s origins and using Tolkien to teach real-world multinational conflict. In the interview, James credited Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with creating a “pop culture touchstone,” making the situations and themes that pervade Frodo and Sam’s journey relateable and therefor even more useful in the classroom. For professors planning…

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It has been a busy and exciting fall here at MPublishing. We’ve been winding the month with some new content to share with you: digitalcuturebooks newest title:  The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit by Andrew Herscher. (see here for our previous  announcement) The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) released issue 18.1, the latest electronic back issue from Fall 2011. This issue includes seven new articles, which cover topics from service-learning, to linking the academy and the common reader, to…

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou We’re  highlighting some of our autobiographies this holiday season, including “The Martian’s Daughter”–the life of Marina Von Neumann-Whitman, daughter of one of the greatest scientific geniuses of the 20th century–and “Music is my Life”, in which Daniel Stein examines the autobiographical writing of Louis Armstrong for the…

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