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Re: The last dinosaur book- great pix!
> Indeed, our Dinosaur
>> Culture finds its history there-- in the pix, not the "playful" text.
>Can't deny the gorgeous printing or the slick design work. And I
>certainly hold nothing against the University of Chicago Press - among
>the many great works they've published is an incredible study of the
>origins of paleoart, Martin Rudwick's _Scenes of Deep Time_.
Dear Jeff and Matt,
Here's what I think the real significance of Last Dinosaur Book is, for
all of us who've been taking dinosaurs seriously. This isn't just some
guy, like him or not, this is Mitchell, the Arch Druid himself, editor of
Critical Inquiry, publishing a hardcover book with the prestigious
University of Chicago Press. In stature, Mitchell is the humanities'
version of Ostrum or Bakker: the radical whose revolution succeeded.And
HE says we were smart to get interested in dinosaurs before it was
fashionable. Mitchell and Chicago had the clout to stare down the kind of
stupid reactions we're all too familiar with when we mention dinosaurs.
(So I doubly hate to see him get sniped from behind by any of us.) I
think he and his book are good for business, speaking very bluntly, and I
APPRECIATE the end of the "kid stuff" jokes his endorsement of our work
has already brought about. It has already changed the reactions I get to
my own dinosaur book in progress.
George J. Leonard, Ph.D.
Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities
San Francisco State University
530 Humanities Hall
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San Francisco, California, 94132
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