The plan then was to write a short book that expanded on these Theses for Disputation — but it proved to be impossible to find the right length and right approach. So an expanded version of those theses will appear in a future issue of The New Atlantis. Please stay tuned for that.
That noted, I have a few further updates:
- My employer, Baylor University, has graciously extended unto me a research leave for next year.
- My first task, as soon as the current semester is over, is to get to work finishing this book — which I hope to do by the end of this calendar year. Ora pro me.
- It is possible that as soon as that is done I'll turn to a smaller project I haven't mentioned here (or anywhere else) at all, but I'll be quiet about that for now.
- Either after that smaller project, or instead of it, I feel compelled to write about what on this blog I have called the technological history of modernity. I am in conversation with a publisher about a contract for that. More updates as they become available.
- Those theses for disputation, and my earlier book The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, were really enriched by my writing this blog and by comments I received here from my readers. I miss this place as an idea-generator and idea-developer. I am hoping to be able to resume blogging here, perhaps irregularly; but we'll see.
- This morning I have a review in the Wall Street Journal of two books on technology, knowledge, and memory. Please check it out.