Hey. Sorry about the unannounced hiatus. Back in Chapel Hill for the Summer, but don't have home web access yet. Blogging to resume shortly, but lightly, as Job One this summer is finishing this damn book.
Um, have I ever mentioned how Chapel Hill is the greatest town ever? It certainly is good to be back. (Actually Carrboro is cooler than Chapel Hill now, but they're virtually the same town and nobody but locals really distinguish between the two.)
Been blissfully ignorant about politics for the last week (some might say much longer than that...). It's refreshing to be disconnected from that swamp.
Heard a real gem on NPR the other day, though. In response to a question about the NSA collecting phone records and suchlike, Tony Snow went on a little tirade in defense of the administration that included the claim that "al Qaeda doesn't care about transparency." That was apparently supposed to constitute a defense of this administration's not caring enough about transparency... Under other circumstances, that would be funny... (The Economist
had the best line about Snow being appointed...they asked whether he'd be getting back pay...)
Anyway, the thing that's been plaguing my thoughts most during my break has been this question: why are there not massive protests against this administration every day? I mean, when you back away from the hustle and bustle of internet news and analysis and give yourself some time to think about what's happened over the last 5.5 years...you start to realize how truly amazing, frightening and angrifying it is.
Anyway, I'm at Davis library right now, surrounded by several million books. So obviously I have better things to do than to subject you guys to more of my typing.
Be back online soon.