“Read as one goes in; read as one goes out.” It’s one of the great literary-themed quotations cut out of the steel shade which hangs outside the reading room of the new Austin Central Library, and it’s a terrific place to work.
I’m back in Austin this year, and starting September 1, will be back on the campus of The University of Texas as a Visiting Researcher for 2019-2020. I am ready and eager to make it a good one, too. There’s lots I need to get done and lots of catching up to do. But I’m thankful for the university for hosting me while I’m on leave and securing me much-needed library privileges, which, like a good shot of espresso, I count among the two essentials of life. I have a couple projects in the air right now, some papers in edited volumes that are going to be released over the coming twelve months or so. But more importantly, and more excitingly, I’m wrapping up a book that I’ve been working on for the past four years, one that’s taken me to Greece and back, had me diving into the archaeological reports for sites along the Danube River, and led me up and down Italy — even more so than usual.
I don’t want to say what it’s about just yet, and as for the cover that goes with it, you’ll just have to wait a bit longer to see what I’ve been up to. But I’ll just say here, I can’t believe it’s almost time to bring it out into the world. Watch for the book next summer.