… on some things:
1) A while back, I decided to ditch the New York Times — and I’m still regularly infuriated by the bigotry and ignorance of its coverage of religion. Twenty-five years ago Alasdair MacIntyre referred to the NYT as “the parish magazine of self-congratulatory liberal enlightenment,” and that’s as true now as it was then. But … but … I got so tired of clicking on links (Twitter, RSS feeds, random webpages) only to be told I had used up my quota and would need to subscribe if I wanted to read more … and eventually I weakened and resubscribed. I am a worm and no man. I would feel better if Get Religion would go full-time as an exposer of the NYT’s manifold abuses of reason, evidence, and charity.
2) I’ve complained a lot — too much, honestly — about Twitter, and even wrote a kind of eulogy for it. I now rarely visit what I call Big Twitter — which, by the way, explains why you are unlikely to hear from me if you send me an @-message there: I probably won’t see it. I have moved primarily to Little (i.e. private) Twitter and am much, much happier. I found myself on Big Twitter earlier this week and did not enjoy it at all. Why is it so hard for me to remember that that’s the way it goes?
3) I love writing for Books & Culture, so after a few months away I’m pleased to say that I will have some pieces coming in in the near future: reviews of Nicholas Carr’s The Glass Cage and Italo Calvino’s Complete Cosmicomics, followed (eventually) by my responses to Adam Roberts’s marvelous new edition of Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria and Les Murray’s New Selected Poems. Keep your eyes peeled!