This is more of a 'state of the blog' type post than anything else. If you're here just for the Great Books, you can skip it.
Last week there were hardly any new posts. The posts on the Great Books themselves have become fewer and further in between. I don't exactly like that, but I expect that it will continue. This post is a way of coming clean on that instead of pretending that it isn't happening.
There are several reasons for it, and I'll share the biggest one here. Some time ago I got an idea: what if, in the span of one year, a person could see all of Shakespeare's plays on stage? It would take a lot of theaters to make that happen. Minnesota boasts of 'most stages per capita' so this is one place where it could work. So I wrote some letters to various theaters and pitched the idea. Some people liked the idea and, long story short, I'm now working with some people to make a statewide celebration of Shakespeare. This means time and, more importantly, mental energy. And thus the blog suffers.
There may be some other life changes happening too, most notably a change in employment. This (probably) won't change my pace of reading the Great Books, but it will change how much I blog about them. It will also mean that for the time being, I'm putting the 100 best plays project on hiatus. The poetry project wraps up in a few weeks, so I'll let that end on time. I expect that I'll still log the other books I've read because I kind of like having a record and (more importantly!) I like to spread good books to other people.
Anyhoo, there may be fewer posts but the reasons behind that is good. If the Shakespeare celebration happens like I picture, it will be an enormously good thing. That's worth putting some other things on the back burner.