Did I mention I was going to take a month off?
Well, I'm back: back from leading Say Something Wonderful, my NEH seminar for K-12 teachers; back from a month (a harrowing month, in the Penal Colony sense of that of fine word) of watching my wife watch her father go through heart surgery and a slow, painful recovery; back from a month of dragging my middle-aged butt out of bed far too early to beat the traffic down to Lincoln Park, at an hour when all normal people are already up and about, but I didn't go into academia to get up at 6:30 (he whines)! Not yet back from an assortment of anxieties: essays still to finish, book reviews to write, middle-school teachers to recruit for my next big NEH gig...
But back, nonetheless.
This morning I'm going through my bookmarks, clearing out some trash and bringing a few over here, to the links list. One thing that grew clear as the SSW seminar progressed: teachers don't have time to play gumshoe on the net (how's that for a metaphor!), tracking down useful websites, etc. I won't pretend to make this a full-scale clearinghouse; that's the job of a site like the Poetry Foundation, probably. But I'm going to rebuild my links list, inch by inch, row by row, so that this will be a bit more useful to teachers as a stop.
I'm also going to start posting (again) some more personal, less interesting material, just to keep the juices flowing. You know: day to day living stuff, for friends and family to follow. If you're here for professional reasons, just skip all that. My life isn't all that interesting, thank God: just busy (too busy) and happy, with just enough tsuris to keep me kvetching. (Oops: wrong blog. That sort of stuff should go on the Jewish one, probably.)
First new link to highlight: The Page, which is a sort of Drudgereport for book reviews, poems, literary news, even top-quality blog entries (not like this one) on properly literary subjects (not like popular romance). If I read it more often, I'd feel less cut off from the literary world--a thought which cuts both ways, come to think of it! Anyway, if you don't know about it, take a look here.
And now it goes up on the links, and OFF my own list of bookmarks. I'll track it down through here, just like you, whoever you are--