Bruce Joshua Miller (A.K.A. Bruce J. Miller) is the editor of Curiosity’s Cats: Writers on Research published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, named by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2014.
“Research has always seemed a bit like homework to me. Whatever the topic, I feel like a naughty schoolboy who’s cramming for an exam. What a relief to realize I am not alone. Through a variety of methods and circumstances, the writers in this fascinating collection demonstrate that research, like exploration, is challenging, maddening, frustrating, and exhausting. But like any great explorer (or naughty schoolboy), we know we cannot reach our goal without it, and the journey is often more rewarding than the destination.”
Alan Cumming, actor and author
“No book has better portrayed the intimate, sometimes exasperating relationship between writer and research. It’s all here, and it’s never dull—the thrill of the chase, the unexpected discoveries, the crushing setbacks, the exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments. There’s even a stray bookworm—yes, a real one—that literally wriggles off the page.”
Patricia T. O’Conner, author of Woe Is I and, with Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions
“In our age of the Twitter and the Internet, it’s such a joy to see the art of the essay so alive and strong. Read this book and rediscover that real knowledge and connections still reside at the source: out in the field and inside the human condition.”
Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones
The book was included in Iowa Public Radio’s 2014 Summer Reading list. Reviews have appeared in:
Alcalde, The American Archivist, The Bleader (Chicago Reader Blog), Information and Culture, a Journal of History; the LA Review of Books, Minnpost, The San Francisco Book Review, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Shelf-Awareness for Readers.
Miller has written for public radio in Chicago and Iowa City, for the Chicago Tribune and the LA Review of Books. In December, 2014 the PBS station WTTW ran an interview with him on its website about his essays on the current state of dictionary publishing. His essay about research appeared in Printers’ Row Journal.
He is the author of the ten-minute play, Punk, editor of Take Them at Their Words (Academy Chicago, 2004), and co-editor with his wife, the painter and graphic artist Julia Anderson-Miller, of Dreams of Bill (Citadel Press, 1994). Miller is President of Miller Trade Book Marketing, a company that represents university and independent presses to the trade in the Midwestern states. In April, 2013 Publishers Weekly named him “rep of the year.”