Journal Update

The Last Word seems to be progressing nicely. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions, and at the bottom a list of topics that people have volunteered to cover in case you were still thinking of writing something.

If anyone would like to try designing a logo that would be sweet as my ms paint skills leave something to be desired.


-will be for free online through the 3nr

I am going to use the creative commons share alike 3.0 which basically means people can use anything in the journal for further academic work, distribute it freely etc.

-the font garamond will not be used in any way shape or form

Review Process

There will be 2 separate reviews of each article- one for spelling/grammar/style, and one for content. The 2 reviews will be conducted by different people. After review authors will get a chance to fix/resubmit for publication. A lot of people have volunteered to review so this process will be pretty quick I think. Submitted articles will be commented on in word using the comment function.

Topics being covered- Theory articles- most of which have someone arguing for each side


-plan inclusivity


-functional/textual competition and word pics


High school topic papers

-Foucault/agamben and police

-Butler on Afghanistan

-Gender critics of IR

-US leadership

Non policy debate topics- Here quite a few people emailed me about the exclusion of other kinds of debate but so far very few have put their money where their mouth is.

8 thoughts on “Journal Update

  1. Matt

    "-the font garamond will not be used in any way shape or form"

    May I ask why this was included?

  2. Ellis

    anything that's not in garamond isn't worth reading…you should reconsider if you want some grammar to review on the topics of
    "-Gender critics of IR
    -US leadership"

  3. Bill Batterman

    "I'm going to say a few words in dispraise of Garamond. This may surprise you. You probably consider Garamond to be a font that is above reproach. Its pedigree is certainly flawless: it was named for Claude Garamond, a Parisian typeface designer who died, probably blamelessly, in the 16th century. Garamond has cute twiddly serifs and majestic curves. The works of Dr. Seuss are set in Garamond. So is Harry Potter. Well, I hate it. I hate the tiny holes in Garamond's a's and e's, and I hate its limp j's, the bottoms of which cannot be bothered to hook properly. I hate its stupid sickle question marks, and the way the loops of its 6's do not quite manage to close.

    Garamond is a showy font, not a humble one. What was once—I'm sure—old-world elegance has faded and curdled over time into an empty, self-indulgent quirkiness. It is the font of people who make a big deal about how they contribute to public radio. It is the font of invitations to weddings that will result in unsuccessful marriages.

    Garamond's sinuous, serpentine curves try to seduce the reader into believing that the words that it is spelling are elegant and profound. But they are not. When writers have something worth saying, they have the confidence to say it in Times or Courier. When they don't, they say it in Garamond."

    — Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

  4. Ellis


    on the topics of gender critics of IR and US leadership

    bill–speaking of "empty, self-indulgent quirkiness" i wikipedia'd the guy you quoted

    Grossman’s New York Times bestseller The Magicians was published in hardcover in August 2009 by Viking. The Plume paperback edition will be available on May 25, 2010. Critically acclaimed, The Washington Post called it “Exuberant and inventive…Fresh and compelling…a great fairy tale.” The New York Times said the book "could crudely be labeled a Harry Potter for adults," injecting "mature themes" into fantasy literature.
    The Magicians is a contemporary dark fantasy about Quentin Coldwater, an unusually gifted young man who obsesses over Fillory, the magical land of his favorite childhood books. Unexpectedly admitted to Brakebills, a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, Quentin receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery. After graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart. [1]

  5. Anonymous


    i think Ellis means that lots of literature (about Gender + IR, and US leadership) is written in garamond

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