A note from Bernie: a goodbye and a welcome…

Dear readers,

It was on June 7, 2009, when I published the very first post on OLP & Literary Studies Online. When I did, I could not have imagined that the blog would still be going strong (or even going at all, for that matter) over three years later… It’s been a wonderful trip: educational, fun, and heartening in more ways than I can count. One of the things I’m most grateful for are the many good people I’ve had a reason to be in contact with because of the blog, from my terrific fellow blog editors (Byron Davies, Yi-Ping Ong, Magdalena Ostas, and Corina Stan: thank you guys!) to the devoted readers who now regularly visit us from all around the world (some of whom have kindly taken the time to say hello in our guestbook; and below is a map that shows where some of our visitors have come from during the past year).

(click on map to enlarge)

In short, it’s been great. But over the past few months, I’ve had to recognize that I no longer have the time or energy (because of a growing number of competing commitments, both professional and personal) to run the site as I would like to. Yet I want to see the blog continue on, and even grow. So, after a great deal of thought, I’ve decided to hand the virtual reins on to a new person who would take over management of the blog.

I’m thrilled to announce that Carly Lane, a PhD student in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, has generously agreed to take my place as site administrator. Thank you, Carly! She will introduce herself to all of you soon, in an upcoming post. I trust her, and I’m eager to see what new directions she decides to take the site, as I move from the role of an editor to one of the blog’s regular readers.

From now on, if you have any content (announcements about publications, events, CFP’s, etc.) that you’d like to suggest for the site, please email Carly at: carlylane@uchicago.edu. I’m sure she’d be delighted to hear from you, as I’ve been happy to hear from the many, many people who’ve kindly written to me with news and announcements over the past few years.

For your interest and support over these past three-and-a-half years, I want to give you all my deepest thanks. I’ve enjoyed doing this work immensely, and of course I’m a bit sad to let it go, but it’s time.

Take care, all! And all good wishes,


6 thoughts on “A note from Bernie: a goodbye and a welcome…

  1. Thanks, Bernie, for starting the first blog I read ever, and one that immediately became, with coffee, a morning necessity. –And Welcome ! Carly !

  2. Many thanks for your vision and diligence, Bernie! And thanks, Carly, for keeping that vision moving forward!

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