Recent and Forthcoming Work

A few notes about current and future plans:

  • I won’t be blogging much, if at all, over at The American Conservative, largely because I’ve come to think that the kinds of topics I write about there don’t really fit into the blog format. I am a long-time believer in the beauty and usefulness of the moral essay, but the moral blog post? I don’t think that works as well. The temptation to post quickly and get immediate feedback is strong, but to write in that way is to work against the natural grain of the essay form, to neglect what it does best: extended meditations that complicate one’s immediate responses. The essay is best when it embodies second and third thoughts; and, as a writer and a person, I am too. I hope that I will be able to write some longer essays for The American Conservative magazine: Dan McCarthy, the editor, and I are talking about that possibility.
  • I am hoping by the end of this year to finish my current project; that will get the lion’s share of my time. But eventually I will want to work on what I’ve been calling the “technological history of modernity” (THM for short), and I will be reporting on my reading and trying out some ideas for that project over at Text Patterns, which I have re-animated.
  • It’s possible that between completing the current book and starting THM I’ll write another short book, but that remains to be settled. Watch this space for news.
  • I will have three long essays coming out this summer: one, on recent protests in American universities, will be in National Affairs; a second, on self-examination and other contemplative practices in a smartphone-controlled environment, in Comment; a third, on the decline of the Christian intellectual, in Harper’s. Again, stay tuned for links — though Harper’s paywalls their magazine.
  • At one point I thought I would turn my 79 Theses on Technology into a short book, but I couldn’t make that work. So instead, I reduced the number of theses, connected them more tightly to one another, and added commentary. If you’re a subscriber to The New Atlantis — which you should be, you know —, you can read the new and improved version now. But eventually you’ll be able to see it online here.
  • In the meantime, you can read my thoughts on “Miss Marple and the Problem of Modern Identity.”