Today marks the fifth anniversary of The Hyperarchival Parallax: Making Eschatological Anxiety Fun for 4000 Years. Somehow I have been at this for five years! I started from a relatively modest place, where I really didn’t have a coherent idea of what I was doing, why I was doing it, or how I would proceed. Since that first strange post, this blog has become, over these five long years, years in which much has happened to me as a scholar and writer, something much, much more (or at least I would like to think). I thank you for continuing to read and frequent my site. This year I have gotten more “followers” than in the previous four combined. I hope this is an indication that people like what I do here. I’m going to continue. And for at least another five years I hope to continue to map the intersections between disaster and archives. And as I will (hopefully) complete my current project on such things in the next year or so, I look forward to being able to also take this blog in other directions, perhaps even one day inviting others to contribute, turning it into something maybe a bit more ambitious.
But for now, this is also to acknowledge that I have been shirking my duties. I have been quite busy with professional matters, working on essays, writing conference papers, and most of all teaching 3 enjoyable, if time-consuming classes. (Here’s the blog to one that is just wrapping up.) So I haven’t had much time to post new content recently, and have not even posted many links. I will hope to rectify this in the coming weeks, as a major amount of work is now in my rear-view mirror. I will empty out my backlog of links (that is sitting dormant in a folder on my browser). This week I will post a recent conference paper that I’ve been threatening to put up but haven’t yet (my discussion of The Manhattan Projects [2012- ]). But more importantly, I will be beginning something new: reviewing books on occasion.
I will be beginning with a book that Shorsha Sullivan sent me a few months ago, the third in a poetic trilogy by Dimitri Lyacos, Z213: Exit (2010). After that will be four books by friends and acquaintances that deserve to be discussed (and read! I have had no time). So look forward to a discussion of David James Keaton‘s Fish Bites Cop! (2013), Robin Clarke‘s Lines the Quarry (2013), winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize, C. M. Burroughs‘s The Vital System (2012), and Jane Gregory‘s My Enemies (2013). Hopefully such reviews will repay some debts I owe to these writers. After that, with some debts paid, I will probably get around to saying something about Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (2013) and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam (2013), but this may be awhile. Anyway, I hope that doing such reviews will allow me to generate a bit more content here, and will be of interest.
So thank you again for reading. And here’s to five more years of The Hyperarchival Parallax.
 My apologies to Shorsha, who translated the book, for taking so long to get around to this. I really have been quite busy. But I thank you again for sending this.