The global economy’s collapsing, we’re closing in on a historic presidential election, and lord knows what the world’s rogue nuclear states are up to. (Maybe the IAEA does. I do like the idea of an “Atoms for Peace” agency.)
Here’s what’s been happening in my world in the last week: On Saturday, I attended an all-day marathon reading of Paradise Lost at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. (It’s Milton’s 400th anniversary this year.) Sunday I flew back to D.C. and finished up a big story about a new edition of Frankenstein that gives us Mary Shelley’s original draft, or probably as close to it as we’re going to get. Yesterday I wrote up the news that Google has reached a settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, who had sued the company—sorry, I think “Internet behemoth” is the phrase du jour—over its Book Search program.
I’ll post more about Milton and Frankenstein later. The Dow may plummet, but scholarship moves on.