Long-term readers with good memories may remember me. I co-founded tpm back in 1997 with Jeremy Stangroom and for a long time posted quite frequently at this blog. (111 posts, I see from the right-hand box.) It’s been about nine months since my last and I thought I’d explain some of the changes that lie behind this silence.
Last year, I handed over the editorship of tpm to the wonderful James Garvey, who has taken to the role brilliantly. After 13 years in the editor’s chair (housed first in my London bedsit and latterly in my spare bedroom) I thought a change was overdue. tpm has thrived by evolving and keeping itself fresh and I felt I had more or less exhausted my capacities of refreshment. Plus I needed refreshing too.
I am still involved at tpm as editor-in-chief, but it’s never a good idea for the old guard to hover too close behind the shoulders of the new, so I am retreating quite far into the background. I also have plenty of other projects to get on with. (If anyone is interested in these, I post news of what I’m up to at my website and I’m also on twitter.) Most recently, I have replaced my Philosophy Monthly podcast with a new series called microphilosophy (iTunes users can subscribe here). Of most personal importance is my new book, The Ego Trick. It’s the book I’ve most wanted to write and if you only ever read one of my books, I’d love it if it were this one.
I still write for tpm and will probably post here again from time to time, so this is goodbye rather than farewell. Editing tpm has been a fantastic experience, made possible by the vital and extensive web presence Jeremy has built up. (tpm has always been a project whose web side, led by Jeremy, is at least as important as the print.) I’m very grateful for all the appreciation readers have shown over the years. But all good things (well, almost all) have a shelf-life and I want to go while I’m merely stale, rather than mouldy.