Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello, Columbus

My family and I arrived in Columbus several days ago, and are settling in. While the locals complain of a heat wave, we newcomers from south Texas look at them incredulously and enjoy the cool snap. The house is in disarray, and the library, designed by my stepfather in red oak, is still under construction. All of my books remain in boxes. Ordinary life has begun to resume, even though school has yet to start. I am grateful to my loyal readers, who have returned to A Commonplace Blog again and again, impatient for new book talk. It is past time to reignite the conversation. Let’s begin again.

16 comments:

A. J. said...

Finally; the wait has become almost unbearable. Hopefully you will be posting a new email soon--remember, your loyal fans can't wait to send you private messages.

Em said...

Here's wishing you an easy unpacking! I lived in Worthington once upon a time, and Columbus is a lovely city. (And has the best yard sales, I'm convinced.)

Teresa said...

Welcome to Columbus! Good Luck and God Bless in your settling into your new home.

Pit Beagle said...

I don't often (ever?) comment, but I have read your posts with interest for some time. I've missed your commentary and welcome your return!

Amateur Reader said...

Wonderful news. Welcome back.

Jonathan said...

Wonderful! Welcome back. Now you and Patrick can trade Ohio stories. I imagine the children are looking forward to a 'proper' Winter. All the best with the annoyances that come with setting up a new household.

I'm looking forward to the next installment in the American Jewish novels series.

Regards,

P.S.

A.J., since all comments here are moderated, a brief note asking that your comment not be published will allow you to scratch that private message itch.

Cultural Offering said...

Welcome to Central Ohio. I've enjoyed you site from nearby Newark for some time.

Steven Riddle said...

Dear Sir,

May you be blessed in your new home. I spent many years in Columbus attending the University there for graduate work and aggravating my advisor by wanting to mix Medieval and Renaissance studies with my Palaeontology. I hope you find it as pleasant and congenial as I did. There is much of great beauty in the nearby countryside and I would be happy to advise for daytrips to such places as the Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient, Mound City, and other non-archeological and non-geological trips--(the Waynesville aauerkraut festival, for example--or just around the corner now--the Circleville pumpkin festival.

Good to hear from you.

shalom,

Steven

Guy Pursey said...

Welcome back!

R/T said...

Ah, so you are back on-the-air. Wonderful! You probably have no idea how many people have been impatiently (and anxiously) waiting for your return. I am one of them.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back.
Kevin

R/T said...

DGM: Classes begin on Tuesday, and I'm driving myself crazy with class preparation. Everything will return to sanity when I get back in the classroom routine. Will you be teaching? Email me when you have a chance. I'm still at the same university email address.

Kerry said...

Glad to see you posting again and very happy to hear you have a new library under construction. Happy, and a little jealous.

Congrats on the successful move and welcome back.

Mark Athitakis said...

Welcome back! You've been missed---there have been more than a few literary squabbles and brushfires that flared up over the summer that I was curious to hear your thoughts on. Regardless, hope Columbus treats you and yours well.

Rick Caird said...

Having been drawn here by the link from Glenn Reynolds, I accepted your invitation to look around. Stumbling on the "Hello, Columbus" link, I immediately thought "plastics". It turns out I made the somewhat common error of confusing "The Graduate" with "Goodbye, Columbus". But hey, it was forty years ago. I am still quite clear on Ali McGraw in the pool, though.

Now, you will have to add "Goodbye, Columbus" to your collection of Philip Roth reviews.

D. G. Myers said...

[Y]ou will have to add Goodbye, Columbus to your collection of Philip Roth reviews.

Ah, but I already have.