I’ve been blogging group reads here at IZ for well over a year now. I didn’t think I would be much of a participant in the original Infinite Jest read, but I wound up being pretty much the only person writing about it here. I more or less phoned Dracula in (but then so did Stoker). 2666 went on forever, but I hung on for my second reading of it in a year and had a richer experience for it. I actually instigated the Moby-Dick read, and it was in its way a life-altering experience for me. The last few weeks have been a pretty big slog for me, but I’m glad I did it, and I’m grateful to Judd Staley for getting us started.
But now it’s time for a break. I have derived so much satisfaction and stimulation from writing here about my reading that I’m almost afraid to stop, for fear that should I surface in the future, the magic (for it has been a sort of magic for me, even during the thin times) will be gone. But I have other projects I want to work on. I’m going to read a lot of short fiction, for one thing. And I’m going to try writing some things out of my own head instead of whatever kind of writing it is I do here (I daren’t call it criticism, but I think it’s sometimes something a little north of merely appreciative or opinion writing).
I may write here from time to time. If a tantalizing group read pops up (@infinitesummer mentioned a few weeks ago doing House of Leaves this Fall), I may find myself unable to resist. I’ve been asked to blog Zora Neale Hurston’s short Their Eyes Were Watching God for a local group doing The Big Read in October, and I’ve agreed to do that; maybe I’ll cross-post those pieces here, or maybe there will be enough interest to make it official here. That aside, the plan for now is to be pretty quiet and to focus on my own private projects. I’m so very grateful for the contributions that people have made here as both bloggers and commenters. I suppose I’d still be watching reruns of Knight Rider every evening if Matthew Baldwin hadn’t started this all up last summer with the Infinite Summer project. It’s been fun and more rewarding than I can say.
So that’s it. Thanks a million. I’ve had a great time. Maybe I’ll be back (if so, I sure hope to see you then).