I've been spending a lot of long days at school the last several weeks, dealing with several major developments at the college, some good and some bad. That hasn't left a lot of time for writing, but I did manage a little, and there is some news to report on other fronts as well.
- My editor at Stanford University Press read my outline and extended synopsis of my proposed Stanford Brief and offered some great advice along with encouragement; I hope to start writing that in earnest later today. (More details as it move along.)
- Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality, edited by William Irwin, was published, featuring a chapter I wrote that asks whether bands (like Sabbath) should change their names as original members leave (related to issues of identity discussed by other contributors). The book also features one of my favorite taglines that we tack onto our short contributor bios.
- I was shown the first cover mock-up for Superman and Philosophy (which is now listed on Amazon) and I think it's great; it evokes Batman and Philosophy in its overall design, which I like. (I'll also share that when it's finalized.)
- My "secret" book project is now under contract, but I'm keeping that under wraps for the time being. It will, however, contribute to a very busy spring (along with writing Law and Social Economics for Palgrave) and more than validates my decision to take a sabbatical in the spring!
In terms of blogging, I contributed one new substantive post to Economics and Ethics, "Have economists ignored clinical depression?" (October 5) and three new posts to Psychology Today: a pair of posts looking at relationships in terms of contract law, "Is Being Dumped Like a Breach of Contract?" (September 26) and "What Can We Learn from Break-Ups—and Can We Sue?" (October 2), as well as a new post on self-loathing, "Hypersensitivity Cuts Both Ways" (October 19). (I also performed a long-overdue update on this site's index of my PT posts.)
Finally—and this still blows my mind, even after knowing about it for several months—my op-ed on Batman and torture, written with my Batman and Philosophy co-editor Rob Arp and originally published in The Boston Globe in 2008 (but more easily accessed from The New York Times), will be included in the eighth edition of The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition. The table of contents can be found here (I'm in chapter 12). That my writing will be used as a model for English composition students is incredible; that it's an essay about Batman is awesome.