Summer is in full swing. Blogging grows light, I grow fatter, and sobriety grows scarce. It’s a good thing. * * * * * * * Peter Leithart on the author of summer, Ray Bradbury:
He is at his most exotic when exploring the mysteries of a summer evening in a small midwestern town. Streetlights blink on, fireflies flicker over the yard, cicadas and crickets chirp in the warm air. As you walk down the sidewalk, you can hear the clatter of dishes through open kitchen windows, the creak of swings and rocking chairs and the murmur of the men sitting in the yellow dome of light on the front porches, a whiff of tobacco smoke hovering overhead.
I gotta read Dandelion Wine. It’s set in 1928. I tried it ten years ago and didn’t get far. * * * * * * * I saw this link at Drudge: Give to Obama’s campaign instead of giving a wedding present. I think it’s a joke, but maybe not. If it’s not a joke, it’s frightening and might, just might, do more to push me into Romney’s camp this November than anything else. If it’s real, this administration’s self-centered righteousness knows no bounds. * * * * * * * TDE readership has dropped. I typically get 7,000-9,000 “unique visitors” every month. This month, I’m on pace for about 6,000. Traffic fell dropped on June 5th (the day after one of my “Letters to Children” posts) and never recovered (about 450 a day, instead of 600). But of course, Internet reading is an indoor sport. When the weather is nice, web traffic should drop. Then again, traffic didn’t drop last June. Go figger. * * * * * * * But to the 6,000 or so who keep coming back: many thanks. I’d write no matter what, even if only a few dozen came every day, but the additional readers make it more gratifying. Thank you. * * * * * * * And any feedback on the unusual fare next week will be greatly appreciated.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList
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