Midsummer update

Gee, things have been quiet around here, haven’t they?

I have no real excuse except that work, family, a little bit of travel, and sundry other activities have pushed blogging down the scale of priorities considerably.

Not that there hasn’t been stuff going on in the world: we had some major Supreme Court cases come down; the horrific shootings in Charleston, South Carolina; the Greece situation; and most recently the nuclear deal with Iran.

But then again, I’m not particularly qualified to comment intelligently on most of these topics and have generally limited myself to the occasional quip on Twitter.

The other major topic of this blog, at least historically, has been theology. But to be honest, I’ve gotten pretty burned out on that. I’ve all but stopped reading theology books, and I’m increasingly uninterested in the debates that rage among Christians on the Internet. I don’t know if I’m in some sort of spiritual-religious funk, but let’s just say theology and I are “on a break.”

I’ve also tried to resist the urge to have “takes” on everything little thing that happens. This, admittedly, is not a recipe for prolific blogging, but it is more conducive, I think, to my mental health.

On the positive side, I’ve been reading more in other areas I’m interested in: among other things, I’ve finished a history of the French Revolution, Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest, and a fascinating treatise on aesthetics and culture. Right now I’m making my way through Akhil Amar’s big book on the U.S. Constitution and the first volume of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Mauritian series.

I may pop in now and then as the mood strikes me, but I think it’s safe to say that this (already sporadic) blog will be pretty quiet for the rest of the summer.

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