Tomorrow, March 7th, Daily Nous will be one year old. I’m putting this up today as I hope to spend most of tomorrow away from the computer.
“How are things going?” you probably aren’t wondering. I’ll just pretend you asked.
Well, it’s a lot of work, but the site is doing really well. Thanks for asking. And thanks for reading, thanks for taking part in the discussions, thanks for sharing your news, thanks for sending me links, thanks for giving me ideas for posts – thanks for all of your help making Daily Nous what it is. Please keep doing all that!
In short, things are going great with Daily Nous. I hope things are going great with you. If they are, then, well, great! If not, please imagine me saying whichever of the following is most appropriate given your circumstances: (a) Damn, that sucks. (b) Remember, this too shall pass. (c) What an asshole! (d) You might want to get that looked at by a doctor. (e) Let’s talk about something else.
“What should I get Daily Nous for its birthday?” you most certainly aren’t asking yourself.
That’s fine. I suppose. But one thing I would appreciate—if you have them—are suggestions for Daily Nous. Things to do, things to do more of, things to not do, things to not even think about doing. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments or email me.
“Aren’t you going to make some grandiose proclamations about the philosophy profession, as is your wont whenever an event or the calendar hands you the chance?” you are quite possibly thinking.
Sometimes, when people write to me for various reasons, they include a line or two about what they think about DN, and, remarkably, not all of these are profanity-laced excoriations. Some of them are even quite nice. I recently received a long, thoughtful email from a reader I had never met. It included this line:
Since you started the blog, DN has changed my view of the discipline. I see a culture of charity and collaboration, and I think that many young philosophers… are encouraged by that.
If I were a cheesy guy, then I would say “Reading something like that makes it all worth it.”
Reading something like that makes it all worth it.
(image: detail of “Cakes” by Wayne Thiebaud)