I’ve always thought about dormant blogs with something of the same procrastinatory fondness of giving a student an extension: I’ll have one fewer paper in the weekend grading pile, and there’s always a chance it won’t come in at all. And so I’m always a little annoyed when a pleasantly dormant blogger rudely begins publishing again, unsettling the balance of readerly obligations I’ve finely engineered.
For the next few days I’ll here bloviate about the planning and execution of a trip to Paris. I promise I won’t be offended if you take the occasion to unsubscribe. (If you’d prefer that I be offended, let me know and I’ll do what I can.)