A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Monday, November 30, 2009

Light Posting for a Day or Two: Blame Someone Back in 1946

Posting will be light for a day or two. Back when the Journal was founded, the first issue appeared in January 1947, and ever since it has appeared in January, April, July and October. In those days, with hot lead typesetting and galleys shipped by mail, they probably went to press with the January 1947 issue somewhere in the fall of 1946. In our greatly technologically enhanced era, the January issue goes to press on the first working day of January. Given the intrusions of the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holiday blocs, that means fewer working days available to finish the editing process, compared to the other three quarterly issues. So the day job takes precedence, though I'll have some comments sometime later today.

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