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So today’s the last day of this humble blog’s existence—though I hear there might be some fireworks here tomorrow (and of course I’ll keep all the archives available).  Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by in the past week to pay respects, offer condolences, ask me to keep at it, or just say hello.

I started blogging three years and one day ago by describing my life a bit and remarking that I wasn’t sure I had the time to work in this medium.  I’m surprised that I kept it up for this long.

In retrospect, the early days of this blog were not so good, in bloggy terms.  I’m still fond of this little item, which put me on the map almost from the start (thanks to a link from Eric Alterman) and got me my first regular readership of about 500 visitors per day.  And I liked this somewhat similar item enough to re-run it earlier this year.  But I didn’t really know what I was doing; I continued working on a 56k modem until March 30, 2004, and I didn’t have the sense to turn on the comments until May 10 (that post also works as a kind of Guide to the Early Blog in itself).  In the end, I think it took me about six or eight months to begin to get the hang of this thing.

And then the next two years were so much fun!  We made so many wonderful new friends and enemies, with the friends:enemies ratio running at a healthy 9:1.  (I note with puzzlement that three of my daffiest and wackiest detractors—Kirby Olson, Dr. Jacques Albert, and “et alia”—all did their graduate work in literary study at the University of Washington.  Something in the water out there?) Then this summer I began to flag, though I had some of the best bloggers on the planet as guest bloggers (thanks again to Lance, Amanda, Lindsay, and Chris) and though I did enjoy writing the long Yeats and Beckett posts.  So I actually first began thinking about retiring from blogging back in September—but I decided I would at least try to make it through the midterm elections.  Then in late October John Holbo announced that November would be Liberalpalooza Month, and, well, I figured it would just be rude beyond belief to sign off in the middle of a huge Valve Book Event dedicated to What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? So I decided to start winding things down in December instead, with the help of Oaktown Girl and the entire Ministry of Justice of the We Are All Giant Nuclear Fireball Now Party.  But then I was nominated for the prestigious title of Best Educationesque Blog on the Internets, and dammit, just when I tried to get out, they pulled me back in.  And so on and so forth.  I finally decided, while I was down in Virginia Beach for Round One of Momcare® last month (Round Two begins today—by the time you read this I’ll be travelin’ Momward), that I would stick it out ‘til my third blogging anniversary.  And so here I am.

Over the Christmas Molochmas break I gave Scott McLemee the official version of why I’m retiring: like a good member of the Party, I have a five-year plan.  And in those five years, before my hockey skills desert me at last, I intend to complete two more books, The Left at War and Narrative and Disability.  After that, Jamie will be out of high school, and as I told Scott, whatever arrangements we make for him then will be vastly different than the arrangement we have now. (Anyone who wants to consider Jamie for employment in an aquarium or marine science center, please let me know between now and 2012.  Thank you.) Jamie and I have talked about working together on a sequel to Life As We Know It, and he says he’s up for it.  More specifically, he says “cool!” So I have plenty of dead-tree plans in my future.

But I didn’t tell Scott the real reason I’m retiring the blog, which is this: I’ve now taken the medium as far as it can go.  I feel it’s too constrained, too limiting.  My new project for 2007 will involve v-casting my enormous looming ghostly head directly into your living room so that I can harangue you and your loved ones at any hour of the day.  This new form will also be available in eight-track format with a “citizens’ band.” And we hope you like our new direction!

Damn.  I’ve used that Spinal Tap joke before, too.  You know how it feels when you think you’re just repeating yourself over and over again?

OK, so let me try to answer the most serious question I’ve gotten about this decision: why not just cut down?  Post something under 2000 words for a change?  Post once a week or once a month, instead of maniacally posting every weekday?

These are good questions.  In fact, I went around the MLA two weeks ago introducing myself to people as “Michael Blogtoomuch of Penn State University,” and people kept saying, “Blogtoomuch—well, you’d better cut down a little then.” I didn’t get it at first.  Finally when I heard it at the Postmodern Culture party it came to me:  Blog too much so I’d better cut down a little then!  Right!

I’ve tried that, actually, but it doesn’t work.  Blog maintenance on this scale is a daily, sometimes hourly thing, regardless of whether there’s a new post up.  And even if I didn’t try to maintain the blog on this scale (a good idea in itself), there’s still the problem of the invisible blogging.  I don’t write these posts out in advance, you know.  I sit down for an hour or two (more for the really long posts), write them in one take in WordPerfect, look ‘em over, transfer ‘em to the blog, preview, edit, submit, and then proofread one last time once they’re up.  (Because sometimes you can’t catch a typo until it’s really up there on the blog, and even then, I’ve missed a bunch so far.) Which means, among other things, that I do a great deal of the planning-before-the-writing while I’m not blogging.  And that’s what’s been so mentally exhausting.  It’s like ABC from Glengarry Glen Ross: Always Be Composing.  And while it’s been great mental exercise, and it’s compelled me to think out (and commit myself in public to) any number of things that otherwise would have laid around the mental toolshed for years, it’s not the kind of thing I can keep up forever, and it wouldn’t be seriously affected if I went to a lighter posting schedule.  I’d still spend way too much time thinking about the Next Post and the Post After That.

Anyway, I won’t give up the mental exercise altogether.  I have a new essay coming out one of these days in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a 3000-word review essay of Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s What Should the Left Propose? appearing in the next issue of Dissent.  Those of you who’ve been waiting for Installment VI of Theory Tuesday, the Introduction to Stuart Hall, can rest assured that it’ll appear as a chapter of The Left At War.  And, of course, I’ll also be writing any number of things for any number of venues, except of course when I get rejections.  Fie on those rejections!

So, dear friends and assorted enemies in a healthy 9:1 ratio, thanks for helping to make these three years of blogging so edifying.  I still think this here blogosphere is a great venue for public intellectual work, and I’m deeply grateful to all the blogging liberals and progressives and lefties who decided they’d had it up to here with the “liberal” opinion industry of Joe Klein and Richard Cohen and Peter Beinart and decided to take matters into their own hands.  I’ll be reading you all for as long as you keep writing.  And don’t forget to look for my pseudonymous comments on those blogs!  I’ll be the guy who sounds like me.

Oh, and Jamie will be here to take your calls.  Yeah, I know I’ve posted this picture before (it’s from the 2005 conference of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society), but it’s one of my favorites.  ‘Bye, everyone.


Posted by on 01/08 at 09:23 AM
  1. ‘Bye, Michael, and thanks for all the great writing. You must be a tremendous teacher in person, because you are a darned good teacher over the internets. I guess I too will have some psychic energy freed up for other things, since I won’t be pondering your posts and all the comments. Good luck to you and the rest of your family.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  10:46 AM
  2. OK, I really shouldn’t be the first person to commment here, but I just happened to check your blog about 10 minutes after you posted this.  So be it.

    I just wanted to send my best to you and your entire family, especially to your Mom and everyone involved in Momcare.  The long-distance care of elderly and sick parents is hard on everyone involved, even when it goes smoothly.  I’ll be sending good thoughts your way.

    Thanks for the blog.  Now I will go back and read all those posts from the first year that I haven’t read yet.  And I’ll look for the Giant Looming Head emanations in my living room one of these days—just make sure it doesn’t conflict with Battlestar Galactica.

    So long and thanks for all the fish!

    Posted by Dr. Virago  on  01/08  at  10:54 AM
  3. Ditto what Ed said.  Best wishes to you and your family.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  10:54 AM
  4. I miss you already.

    final captcha:  “state,” as in a sad state of affairs.

    Posted by Crazy Little Thing  on  01/08  at  10:55 AM
  5. Goodbye, good luck, and thanks very much for great (and I do mean great) blogging! The blogosphere won’t be the same without you.

    Captcha: “shown” as in “the way, you have.”

    Posted by John Protevi  on  01/08  at  11:13 AM
  6. Enjoy, brother. Don’t be a stranger.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  01/08  at  11:16 AM
  7. Good luck, Michael. I’ve enjoyed your writing a great deal over the last few years, you’ll be missed.

    Posted by Matt F  on  01/08  at  11:17 AM
  8. Oh, no.  First Billmon, now Berube!!  While I didn’t comment here much, I lurked often and enjoyed the site tremendously.  So this sad news comes as a shock to the system.

    Dr. Berube, thank you for all your hard work and for being an unapologetic and eloquent voice of the “left”.  Good luck with your ventures.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:17 AM
  9. Well, goddamn. Hope to see you mixing it up in comments somewhere.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:18 AM
  10. Hang on a minute… I finish school, wander off into the forests of Oregon for a few weeks and come back to find… this?  Wow.  I can’t even leave you people alone for a minute.

    Sorry to hear about the blog retirement, Michael.  You’ll be missed.

    Posted by Marita  on  01/08  at  11:25 AM
  11. Well, now I’ll be able to follow my New Year’s resolution to spend less time reading blogs.

    Seriously, I pretty much said what I wanted to say in comment 41 on the last thread but since this is the official “goodbye” post I’ll say it again:  Michael, I will really miss your writing.  (I suppose now I’ll actually have to read your books that I bought.) I’ve always found something in your posts worth reflecting upon.  Thank you, Michael.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:35 AM
  12. Sweet sorrow.

    Generous is the one word that articulates my impressions of this dangeral place. Thanks, Michael, and thanks to many many wonderful, generous commenters.

    Captcha: season. Turn, turn.

    Posted by black dog barking  on  01/08  at  11:39 AM
  13. This is my first comment here.  Just wanted to say best of luck, and thanks for your book, and for the blog.  Been a loyal reader.  I just finished the book over New Years and ordered about six novels that you discuss (or mention) in the two syllabus chapters.  Thanks again!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:46 AM
  14. Bad riddance!

    Posted by David J Swift  on  01/08  at  11:48 AM
  15. Great, wouldn’t you know it? I pick today, of all days, to de-lurk here!

    Posted by Hieronimo  on  01/08  at  11:52 AM
  16. Damn.  Will miss the place.

    Posted by Mark  on  01/08  at  11:52 AM
  17. This blog has been a classy act from beginning to end. Had J.L. Austin lived to see it (we’d all be very surprised) he’d have created a new speech act category. Keep in touch.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:53 AM
  18. Thank you, Michael, for being the very model of a modern major academic. I will look forward to your future projects.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:58 AM
  19. Thanks for giving us so much to think and talk about these past three years, Michael.  Looking forward to your future dead tree editions.  Best wishes to you and your family.

    Posted by Trevor  on  01/08  at  11:59 AM
  20. Oh… I hate good-byes (and I am sad that Dr. Virago already beat me to thanking you for all the fish). That line was all anyone in my family said over the holidays after watching that INSANE movie about the hitchhiker and the galaxy.

    Anyhow, have a great 2007 and keep kicking ass (in the academy, I mean).

    ground: as in breaking

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:04 PM
  21. You did a great job.  You will be missed.  Good luck.

    Posted by China Law Blog  on  01/08  at  12:08 PM
  22. A little Stanley Kubrick, “...don’t know where, don’t know when.”

    Some Bruddah IZ, wonderful rainbow cultural study.

    And a little Mongo to flip the script.

    It’s been a blast, Michael.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  01/08  at  12:11 PM
  23. No more diacritics for me then. Et merde.

    But I’m still hopeful : I bet on an upcoming Blog Itch vs Bérubé match, and, Michael, not a dime on you.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:12 PM
  24. it has been a pleasure reading your blog and commenting when I had the energy.  it will be missed, but I can finally catch up on some of the long entries thatI waited to read when I had time.  Now there will be time.  I will finally read your two most recent books soon, they are on pile with the three recent books of my old friend Henry Jenkins, who still blogs and might replace you as “the Hardest working Man in Ed business.”
    Good luck to you and the rest of the family, particularly Jamie.
    You will always be the Godfather of cultural Studies and Mister dynamite of Dengeral Studies.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:17 PM
  25. Ciao Michael. You will be missed!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:17 PM
  26. Well, shit.

    But thanks for all the good shit, MB.

    Posted by Jim D.  on  01/08  at  12:22 PM
  27. Au revoir, et Traînées heureuses.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:29 PM
  28. I’ve read and enjoyed every post and comment for well over a year now.  (Okay, sometimes I skimmed the really long ones, too.) Thanks, and best wishes.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:43 PM
  29. VINCENT: So you’re serious, you’re really gonna quit?
    JULES: Most definitely.
    VINCENT: So if you’re quitting the life, what’ll you do?
    JULES: That’s what I’ve been sitting here contemplating. I’ve decided, basically, I’m gonna walk the earth.
    VINCENT: What do you mean, walk the earth?
    JULES: You know, like Caine in “KUNG FU”, just go from town to town, meet people, and get in adventures.
    VINCENT: So you decided to be a bum?
    JULES: I’ll just be Jules—no more, no less.
    VINCENT: No Jules, without a job, residence, or legal tender you’re gonna be a bum!
    JULES: Look my friend, this is just where you and I differ --
    VINCENT: And when did you make this decision—while you were sitting there eatin’ your muffin?
    JULES: Yeah. I was just sitting here drinking my coffee, eating my muffin, when I had what alcoholics refer to as a “moment of clarity.”

    Posted by Roxanne  on  01/08  at  12:55 PM
  30. The world will do something really stupid, a very sure thing, and you will have to comment via blogs.  Hope Hope Hope.
    Good bye and Good luck

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  12:56 PM
  31. Delurking (on blog) for the first and last time to say that I’ll miss your crazy, wonderful posts. It was great to meet you at MLA.

    Posted by Flavia  on  01/08  at  01:02 PM
  32. Happy trails, brother.
    Mebbe I’ll see ya at the beach!!!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:08 PM
  33. This is/was my favorite blog.  Let’s hope I get more work done without you.

    So long, and indeed, Dr. Virago, the fish were wonderful.

    Captcha: make

    I guess we’ll just have to make due without you…

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:13 PM
  34. The sockpuppets just wanted to give you a going away shout out. 
    (After Dr JA - sans the gun moll.)

    We’re gonna miss usyou when we’reyou’re gone,
    We’re gonna miss you all day long,
    Oh we know we will miss you when you’re gone,
    We’re gonna miss you by your way,
    We’re gonna miss you every day,
    Oh we know you’re gonna miss us when you’re gone.

    - Sprezzatura, HAL, Arutazzerps, the Real Cortegiano, Kirby Olson, Nobody, Lee Siegel, and many, many more. (You know who you were.)

    P.S.
    This was a terrific blog.  You and your commenters said exactly what we were thinking but phrased it much more elegantly and graciously than we ever could. Thank you so much to everyone for writing and commenting!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:15 PM
  35. Seems ‘tis the season for legends to retire.

    I’m going to miss everything. Even the enemies tended to a higher than usual class of wacky weirdness. And the friends are mighty special.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:19 PM
  36. I wish I had something appropriately witty and/or wise to say at this moment, but I got (next to) nothing.

    Thanks for so many wonderful posts and for fostering such a great community, many of whom I look forward to encountering on other blogs in the future.

    So long, Michael.  Ya done the intertubes proud!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:22 PM
  37. Happy trails, brother.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  01/08  at  01:23 PM
  38. Looking forward to the Enormous-Looming-Ghostly-Head-cast.

    Thanks, and all the best.

    Posted by Amy  on  01/08  at  01:28 PM
  39. the University of Washington.  Something in the water out there?
    You mean other than the mercury and PCB laden seafood????
    My new project for 2007 will involve v-casting my enormous looming ghostly head directly into your living room so that I can harangue you and your loved ones at any hour of the day.
    I have aluminum foil and i know how to use it.

    {captcha is “but” so}
    You say goodbye and I say hello, hello, hello.
    I don’t know why you say goodbye
    I say hello, hello, hello.
    I don’t know why you say goodbye I say hello.
    You say yes, I say no (I say yes but I may mean no)
    You say stop and I say go, go, go
    (I can stay till it’s time to go)
    Oh No, oh no.
    You say goodbye and I say hello, hello, hello.
    I don’t know why you say goodbye
    I say hello, hello, hello.
    I don’t know why you say goodbye
    I say hello, hello, hello.
    I don’t know why you say goodbye
    I say hello, hello, hello.
    Hello, hello, hello.
    Hela, heba, helloa.
    Hela, heba, helloa.
    aaaa aaaaaaaye helloya

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:28 PM
  40. Let me add my voice to the chorus of those simply saying thanks.  You’ve given us so much.

    captcha: hell!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:29 PM
  41. Farewell, Berube. You still owe me for Chris Clarke’s cab fare, as you are the apparent leader of the nebulous GNF party to which Clarke belongs. Please send the check + tip before you retire.
    All best.

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    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:40 PM
  42. Michael was the one who inspired me to start blogging, and to this day this is the best blog on the internets.  But the pressures are certainly real; I’ve only managed to keep things under control by being absorbed into a collective.

    Have fun with the dead trees!  We’ll be here if you come back.

    Posted by Sean Carroll  on  01/08  at  01:43 PM
  43. The captcha word is “income” and it couldn’t be a better one for the amount of great fun, knowledge, wisdom and compassion your blog brought to me.
    Thanks a million, it was always a terrific read.Um abraço from São Paulo.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:48 PM
  44. Bon voyajee!  (tosses bouquet, waves handkerchief, holds back a tear)

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  01:49 PM
  45. Thanks for showing us all (me in particular) what can be done---intellectual work-wise, disability advocacy-wise---in the genere blogi.

    Posted by kristina  on  01/08  at  01:56 PM
  46. So sorry to see you go, but I do understand.  It will be a little more lonely having one less parent of a special needs kids out there.

    Fortunately, your fans can help you live in infamy and finally vote you that Koufax you’ve long deserved.  Not that I’m biased.

    Stay well and have fun with Jamie.

    Posted by MB Williams  on  01/08  at  02:00 PM
  47. Yes, I echo all of the above, and especially what “black dog barking” said:

    Generous is the one word that articulates my impressions of this dangeral place.

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  01/08  at  02:01 PM
  48. Due to my own time constraints I haven’t posted much the last several months, and my lurking has been hit and miss. So you can imagine the shock when I saw that you were no longer going to be bloggin’. Nearly brought a tear to my eye (but, manly man that I am, I resisted).

    We’ll all miss you, Prof. Berube. And we’ll miss your family and the entire community of this blog. Truly the best damn humble little blog around.

    captcha is hand, as in let’s all give Michael a hand for a job well done!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:07 PM
  49. WWWHAAAAAAAATTT!!!!!

    no more Dr. B? My world doesn’t make sense anymore....I can understand the desire to be free from the chains of the blogosphere, but think of your loyal public Doc, who will now regularly eviscerate Horowitz in e-print? This just won’t do.

    Posted by rev.paperboy  on  01/08  at  02:09 PM
  50. And don’t forget to look for my pseudonymous comments on those blogs!

    So you’re the one impersonating Ann Althouse!

    Best wishes to you and your family.  And best of luck with the citizen band project.  MSM (main stream music), watch out!

    I look forward to reading your work in other media, especially that chapter on Hall.

    Posted by J—  on  01/08  at  02:10 PM
  51. Michael, I don’t know how I’m going to fill that five minutes every day now, but anything that gets you more time to write about Jamie, I can definitely get behind. I always tell people that reading Life as We Know It was a turning point in the way I think about Down syndrome and how it affects my (and Russell’s) life. Thanks for keeping us all amused and informed, and enjoy your retirement.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:12 PM
  52. I can’t get over the fact that having a blog simultaneously crimps ones actual life but also introduces one to several fabulous, fabulous people.  It is a trade off.  One possibility is to have a no-content blog, but in reality that is also quite a bit of time.  I speak about such a blog as a theoretician of course.  Thanks for deciding to have a seriously non-no-content blog for your time amongst the ‘tubes.

    Since I feel like you are streaking to safety in happiness, but also like Spock has died (but not really) and you are getting out and we are staying in, I only have this to say to you, Michael Tiberius Berube:

    “From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”

    More like the opposite of that, actually.  I am decidedly quoting Star Trek II and not the Melvillian.

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  01/08  at  02:12 PM
  53. I came over here to see if you had posted any thoughts about the disabled girl whose girlhood is being surgically preserved, only to find that I won’t be able to rely on your spot on mix of humor and wisdom at all for much longer.  I hope abandoning your friends and groupies is worth it all!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:14 PM
  54. My new project for 2007 will involve v-casting my enormous looming ghostly head directly into your living room so that I can harangue you and your loved ones at any hour of the day.

    Is it disturbing that I wish this weren’t a joke?

    I’ve only managed to keep things under control by being absorbed into a collective.

    Aha!  Professor Carroll provides the answer!  Professor Bérubé merely needs to join a blog collective, where daily maintenance and frequent posts are not required.  Perhaps a collaboration with the We Are All Consumed by the Grey Goo of Out-of-control Nanotechnology Party would be fruitful.  Or even better: join Scienceblogs!  Not only would it mean virtually hangin’ with Sean and P.Z., it would provide an alternative perspective.  The front page could have a picture of Madge the manicurist, and the blog could be called “You’re Sokaling in It.”

    Gad, I might as well go ahead and get my GED in lameness.  Regardless, best wishes, Professor.  Perhaps I’ll make it back to State College someday, and I can stalk you (Stalked by someone who’s Buck Naked.  Wouldn’t that be something?).  Or there’s always those family trips to New Haven…

    Meanwhile, I eagerly await a joint blog project between christian h. and Professor Grouchy Medievalist Steel, on which I can make goofy comments about mathematics and the rightful claimant to the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:17 PM
  55. I will miss this blog enormously. Although, as others have said, maybe now I’ll get some work done.

    Nah, I’ll just find some other way to procrastinate--but it will not be as interesting or entertaining or edifying as le blogue has been. Thank you, and best wishes to you and your family. I promise to consume my share of your dead tree productions.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:23 PM
  56. Michael knows he has an open/standing invite to join at least one lit-blog collective, but those last few paragraphs are the kicker: it’s not the time spent blogging, or even writing posts, that kills—it’s all the mental checklisting of things to blog about, the rewriting of daily life into digestible bits for a wide audience, &c.  After a while, it drains.  Here’s to this being a blog-sabbatical instead of a blog-retirement, though.  Very few voices are as strong or consistent as Michael’s, and GNF only knows what he’ll sound like at some future time, refreshed and recharged…

    Posted by Scott Eric Kaufman  on  01/08  at  02:25 PM
  57. it’s all the mental checklisting of things to blog about, the rewriting of daily life into digestible bits for a wide audience, &c.  After a while, it drains.

    What Scott said.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  01/08  at  02:26 PM
  58. Goodbye Michael, this was by far my favorite blog on the intertubes. Heartfelt thanks for all the energy you’ve invested in this thing, all the times you made me laugh hard while I was sitting alone in from of my computer and thanks for all the thought food you provided! You will be missed! Now back to the Rhetorical Occasions....

    captcha: “court” as in: can he be taken to any WAAGNFNP court for doing this?

    Posted by Adrian  on  01/08  at  02:26 PM
  59. Thank you for your hard work on this blog the past few years, Michael. Enjoy your “rest” while you write two books and take care of your family.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:37 PM
  60. Then this summer I began to flag

    Even at half-speed, you lapped the field.  Thanks for writing such an entertaining and edifying blog, and good luck with all of your future projects.

    Posted by Matt  on  01/08  at  02:41 PM
  61. But what about the “We are all Nuclear Fireball Now” party meetings???

    (Party name edited due to lack of remembrance of the entire *&%&ing acronym)

    Best,

    Steve

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  02:44 PM
  62. Following up on mds and Scott—Michael has a standing offer to guest-post at Cosmic Variance at any time!  Further accounts of debates about the philosophy of science at knifepoint would be especially welcome.

    Posted by Sean Carroll  on  01/08  at  02:50 PM
  63. Wait. This is one of those written-so-convincingly-it’s-believable satirical pieces, right? It’s just a finely wrought joke? You won’t really forsake the strangers in the comment box, just to spend more time thinking about the non-blog parts of life?

    Whats’s that? You’re serious?

    Oh. Okay.

    I’ve relished your wit, appreciated the fine writing, and learned a bit more about literary theory than I did in all my undergrad years. Thanks, Michael, and [deity deleted]speed! I’ll miss the smartest locus in the blogosphere.

    Posted by Orange  on  01/08  at  02:53 PM
  64. (Er, “What’s that?")

    Posted by Orange  on  01/08  at  02:54 PM
  65. Have you people not seen the portents?  Look up!  What’s that passing above your head?  Mark the occasion!

    (Do you think I would plan such wanton destruction on my own?)

    Posted by Scott Eric Kaufman  on  01/08  at  02:59 PM
  66. Others are far more articulate than I, so I’ll just add my humble thanks and wish you and your family the best.

    It’s been my pleasure.

    We Are All Sad Nuclear Fireball Now.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:02 PM
  67. Dang!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:07 PM
  68. Bummer, dude…

    Good luck in the new year!

    Posted by dave™©  on  01/08  at  03:07 PM
  69. Don’t think that there isn’t a price to pay for abandoning such an excellant blog. And I believe you know what that priceis.

    You go to da box for 2 minutes by yourself… and you feel shame… then you get free.

    Best of luck.

    Posted by B.hunter  on  01/08  at  03:07 PM
  70. Bon voyage--it’s been a lovely, fearless, touching, humane blog, and I know I’ll be coming back to look up posts and threads even now that you’ve gone on to other things.

    I have much sympathy with what you’ve said about the ABC component of blogging and the need to devote energies elsewhere. I’m seriously considering ducking out, too, even though the blogosphere has been very kind to me.

    Very best wishes.

    Posted by Ancrene Wiseass  on  01/08  at  03:13 PM
  71. Now I’m doubly, no triply, irritated with myself that I didn’t go to the event at The Tank a few weeks ago! Carpe diem, indeed. All the best, Professor Berube ... we’ll miss you.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:20 PM
  72. Okay, I’m still waiting for that other shoe to drop.  Like, this blog is ending, but M. Berube is going to start another one.  Or something.

    But if not ... well, best of luck to you and yours, Prof.  Your humor, compassion, and insight have been almost enough to make one believe that all those things they say about you Eastern Liberal Elitists may not be altogether accurate.

    I’m going to miss you.  Really.  (Now please drop that other shoe.)

    Captcha: friend.  Nuff said, as Stan Lee used to say.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:22 PM
  73. Have you people not seen the portents?  Look up!  What’s that passing above your head?  Mark the occasion!

    Shhhh!
    We Await Space Trash Entry Spacetime’s Triumphant End

    postmc2.png

    ...silently.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:28 PM
  74. If not actually disgruntled by this news, I am far from gruntled.

    Good luck with the books, life, and all that rot.

    Jeff

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:30 PM
  75. All right, then.  You’re actually serious?  Really really serious?  Really?  Yes?

    Who woulda thunk it!  I thought this was another inside joke.

    This has been my favorite blog and well worth the time it takes to read the posts and the comments.  So add me to the long list of congrats, regrets, and best wishes.

    But dammit, we’re getting too serious here.

    What we ought to do is start spreading vicious rumors about the real reasons for MB’s leaving the bloggery:  1) perfect record of 3 years w/o LPGA blogging preserved; 2) more time for proselytizing for the WAAGNFN, or rather, party-building (or is that just for hockey in icy times and golf in non-icy times?); 3) was about to be outed as both billmon and fafblog; 4) some kind of Faustian or Ashtarothian bargain coming due; 5) lost a bet with David Horowitz; 6) thought of a really really cool pseudonym and blog title and wants to start from scratch to get the thrill of building a readership back (don’t call it a comeback!); 7) creative differences with fellow band members, a la Rage Against the Machine, The Tea Party, At the Drive In, etc., etc.

    Come on, people, we need to respond to loss with creativity! Take a chance--you can’t do worse than I just did!

    Prediction:  MB will be back once he discovers that doing the norbizness/chris clarke thing is time-consuming in its own way....

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  01/08  at  03:33 PM
  76. I will miss this blog tremendously (I read daily, though I don’t think I’ve ever commented). And I will miss Jamie most of all. Yours is the blog link I sent to a friend when her friend had a baby born with DS. So she could look a few years into her future and see what a truly remarkable journey she was on.....

    Thanks for everything.

    ("making": this is making me sad!)

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  03:35 PM
  77. Prediction:  MB will be back once he discovers that doing the norbizness/chris clarke thing is time-consuming in its own way....

    Although once you build up a reputation as a commenter, you can lay off on almost all blogs for months and months without anyone noticing.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  01/08  at  03:37 PM
  78. Chris, how about a villanelle for FHP’s blog?  That article I recommended to Amanda a few days ago is all about how it’s a perfect genre for dealing with loss....  How about a villanelle elegy for Le Blogue Berube?  Is that even possible?

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  01/08  at  03:45 PM
  79. I whipped one out just for you, TC.

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Posted by Dylan Thomas  on  01/08  at  03:49 PM
  80. Oh, people notice.

    Posted by Roxanne  on  01/08  at  03:57 PM
  81. But who is going to spoil David Horowitz’s day now?

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  04:08 PM
  82. Thank you.  Live long and prosper.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  04:17 PM
  83. Oh, no.  First Billmon, and then Kevin’s cat Jasmine and now you’re leaving.  I can’t tell you how much your blog has meant to me.  I would read your Jamie posts three and four times, I struggled through your academic lectures and felt so gratified when I figured them out, I have bought your books. I must confess, I didn’t usually get through the hockey posts. I found Chris Clarke because of you.  You can’t leave. You can’t become indespensible and then just cut and run. You’re breaking my heart.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  04:19 PM
  84. I’m very sorry to see you go, Michael, but understand your reasons.  I hope you’ll be back sporadically, but meanwhile, best wishes on your book projects.

    Posted by Heraclitus  on  01/08  at  04:34 PM
  85. Thanks for making me laugh harder and think harder than any other place on the InterTubes.  May your time off be happy and productive.

    Posted by Corndog  on  01/08  at  04:45 PM
  86. The last few days of comments before now have felt like a party, or the dream of a party, in which we KNOW that our brilliant, beloved, and generous host is closing the house and leaving for good, but we’re none of us ready to leave. And so we continue to follow the threads of funny or aimless or amicably argumentative conversation out the door and into the driveway, because if we turned around to say goodbye and thanks it would just sound too breezy, even ungrateful (there’s really no more of this Veuve Cliquot?), and would in any case bring us face to face with the knowledge that we’re not likely to see the likes of this mix anywhere, ever again.  I turned off my computer this morning just as Michael had posted his goodbye, no comments yet, and turned it back on just now to find most of us getting silly and sentimental and sad.  Good.  Skip the villanelle; I think this is the forum for dealing with loss.  Goodbye Michael, and thank you.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  04:48 PM
  87. Oh, phoo.  Well, I get the Momcare thing all too well, so I understand.

    Thanks for all the wonderful writing, Michael.

    Posted by Linkmeister  on  01/08  at  04:49 PM
  88. Many thanks for all you’ve written. I’ve loved your blog and its comments.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  04:51 PM
  89. Best of luck with everything. 

    I must now wail out a hearty “Oh my God… How will we ever get through this ever more dangeral world?”

    Posted by the talking dog  on  01/08  at  05:19 PM
  90. I will miss your intelligent silliness and your intelligent intelligence.

    All the best to you and your family, and a happy 2006<.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  05:23 PM
  91. So long dear Choirmaster--we here at Free Exchange will try to continue the great tradition of driving DHo into a spiraling mass of sputtering nonsense that you so eloquently perfected.

    We have appreciated your great sense of when to take things seriously and when to poke fun, and most importantly, when to do both.

    You are welcome on our blog anytime!

    Posted by cps  on  01/08  at  05:23 PM
  92. some kind of Faustian or Ashtarothian bargain coming due;

    Well, in all fairness, I don’t believe Michael ever gave Lord Astaroth his due credit for delivering the 2006 Weblog award. Lord Astaroth, as you know, guaranteed victory way back on Weblog voting Day One (#2) when everyone else was filled with doubt:

    Verily, let us speak of education, and blogs, and educational blogs, and the Demon Astaroth
    who can make men wonderfully knowing in all Liberal Sciences, and by whose presence and alchemy shall this blog be elevated to the immortal heights of 2006 Weblog “Best Educational Blog”.

    But there’s no Astarothian-bargain debt collection going on here.  Astaroth knows Our Leader is grateful...and busy with Momcare.

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  01/08  at  05:23 PM
  93. I must say that, largely because of the length of posts on this blog, I hadn’t been stopping in as much as I used to/would have liked to. On the other hand, I’d just like to say how much I loved the book, which I bought wholesale from the warehouse to pump up sales (I live in Canada) and finished before Christmas. If more like this is coming, then I will be there to read it, blog or no blog. Thank you.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  05:32 PM
  94. I haven’t felt this bad since Le Gros Bill hung ‘em up at the old Forum.
    May the five-hole always be open to you, old son, and I say that as a former goaltender.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  05:38 PM
  95. From the new minnesota review, MB admits “the immediacy of the feedback [on blogs] is drug-like.” Going cold turkey is the best way I know, but can’t someone invent some kind of patch for bloggers?

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  01/08  at  05:49 PM
  96. Sad to see this ‘ol blog go Berube—I missed the opportunity to take one of your classes when I was down in Champaign and always thought of this blog as a mini correspondence course. 

    Dollars to donuts you can’t stay away from the web for long… Here’s to Berube as lonelyprof13 on Youtube.

    Last note: I was a fan of the hockey bloggin’ and am sure there were more of us out there than you imagined.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  06:04 PM
  97. Thanks for all the erudition.  You will be missed (but will probably feel the breeze as the missiles pass).

    I look forward to your father and son book.  It will be well worth waiting for, I’m sure.

    Posted by gmoke  on  01/08  at  06:04 PM
  98. Ah, this is what I was looking for earlier.

    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    Say nay !  say nay !  for shame
    To save thee from the blame
    Of all my grief and grame.
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?

    Say nay ! Say nay !
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    That hath lov’d thee so long ?
    In wealth and woe among :
    And is thy heart so strong
    As for to leave me thus ?
    Say nay ! Say nay !
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    That hath given thee my heart
    Never for to depart ;
    Neither for pain nor smart :
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    Say nay ! Say nay !
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    And have no more pity,
    Of him that loveth thee ?
    Alas !  thy cruelty !
    And wilt thou leave me thus ?
    Say nay ! Say nay !

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  06:17 PM
  99. Wait, something Wendy said back up at #71 requires some clarification.  No matter how the home page manifests itself in the days and months to come, there is a need for a menu connection for the tour dates and calendar.  Thus those who are near various environs will be able to support you in meatspace; hell even in hockey arenas.  So please please be at least the minimalist in providing regular updates of where to meet the floating head and hockey stick. 

    hell, even the captcha words are draining away as we approach the naming of that nine billionth signifier. Third time i have had the same word in two days.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  06:28 PM
  100. Impending GNF sign...#6, I think.

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  01/08  at  06:30 PM
  101. Double bummer, dude! With much affection, adios.

    Posted by sfmike  on  01/08  at  06:31 PM
  102. Michael

    Thanks so very much for your work, words and just sharing.  You will be missed, but go and enjoy life and Jamie and all who make you happy.

    Take care!

    Jon

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  06:44 PM
  103. Ah, it is truly an Arbitrary But Not Fun Monday.

    Sure, it’s not arbitrary for you, but for those of us who need your words and this wonderful commenting community, well, shoot.

    Leaves me thinking of this by Lester Bangs, which he wrote about Elvis but I’ve adapted for the occasion:

    “If love is truly going out of fashion, which I do not believe, then along with our nurtured indifference to each other will be an even more contemptuous indifference to each other’s objects of reverence. I thought it was Billmon, you thought it was Shakespeare’s Sis or whoever else seemed to speak for your own private, entirely circumscribed situation’s many pains and few ecstasies. We will continue to fragment in this manner, because solipsism holds all the cards at present; it is a king whose domain engulfs even Bérubé’s. But I can guarantee you one thing; we will never agree on anything as we agreed on Bérubé’s. So I won’t bother saying goodbye to his corpse. I will say goodbye to you.”

    Posted by George  on  01/08  at  06:47 PM
  104. Hockey season won’t be the same without ya. Godspeed.
    Graham

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  06:56 PM
  105. xxxoooxxx

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:15 PM
  106. I haven’t been by here in ages, but I’m still gonna miss you. Bye!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:17 PM
  107. Thanks for all the memories! Stay in touch with non-academia!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:20 PM
  108. Well, despite you being hilariously wrong about the merits of The Clash’s great drummer Topper Headon, I’ll certainly miss reading and mostly lurking ‘round here.  I’ll especially miss the Jamie stories.

    Best of luck etc.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:26 PM
  109. What an elegant last blog post.  You make all kinds of sense.  Thank you for all your bloggistry, and I wish you and your lovely family the best.

    But damn, dude, you still just broke my heart into the little bitty bits.

    I should have known something like this was coming, ‘cause this morning before dawn, I went into the bathroom.  I usually pee by the light of the, um, nightlight, but something compelled me to flip on the glaring overhead light, so I was able to see the SCORPION resting quietly on the tile in front of the commode. 

    And from then up till now I’d been thinking random stuff like, whoa, scorpion. Huh. Scorpion?  Yup.  Be shakin’ out my shoes henceforth.

    But now?  It was a damn harbinger.  You understand, of course, that I am not casting you as the scorpion.  It was simply harbinging about something coming that was gonna sting a little.

    I am not making this up.  There was truly a scorpion, and I regret mightily that I flushed it.  I ought to have preserved it as evidence, in a jar with holes poked into the lid.

    Okay, well, bye.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:39 PM
  110. Thanks, Michael.  A consistently excellent blog like this is a joy and a wonder.  I am privileged to have been one of your readers.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:42 PM
  111. Many thanks, Dr. Berube, for the most fun blog on the internets. I will miss lurking here in the future. All the best to you and yours.

    Posted by Ian Gray  on  01/08  at  07:49 PM
  112. Thank you, Michael, and all the best to you and your family. On your last blog, I wish you had a better opponent: how about a Hans Kung, a Razinger/Benedict, a Dom Crossan, or even a resurrected Tielhard de Chardin (Party of Noosphere!) or Graham Greene (Party of Greene-land!). Now that would have been a discussion! I’m also sorry we won’t get your blog on the Jesuits at Regis.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  07:51 PM
  113. You just removed the asterisk from Ghandi’s “be the change you want to see” credo (*unless Le Blog Dangereal/WAAGNFN accomplishes much the same with links and much snarkery).

    Thank you for the eloquence.  The other Doc Mara and I still owe you and Janet dinner.  No amount of blog-cloaking will get you out of that.  Perhaps now you will be able to put down the keyboard and pick up a fork.  No wonder you were tearing into that skirt steak....

    captcha: “was”

    Posted by DocMara  on  01/08  at  08:06 PM
  114. I wish you weren’t going away, but thank you for providing an obsessively read blog over the last three years. Good luck!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  08:15 PM
  115. Michael, you must do what you must do, but your voice will be missed.  (Also, how can you do this when I’ve finally met you and finally learned to pronounce your name correctly!!!!  It’s just. not. fair.)

    Best to you and your family, and I’ll miss the posts about Jamie most of all.

    Posted by Dr. Crazy  on  01/08  at  08:18 PM
  116. Thanks for Le Bloque and for three years of tremendously stimulating writing. Best of luck to you and yours, whatever you decide to embark on next.

    Others have said what needed saying with far more eloquence than I would be able to muster, so I’ll shut up and go away now (though I’ll keep checking your feed, just in case...).

    captcha: ‘top’ as in ‘of the world, ma!’

    Posted by Bistroist  on  01/08  at  08:24 PM
  117. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

    Damn it all.

    Good blog. Wish you weren’t going. It’s been swell.

    Thanks for everything.

    Posted by Teresa Nielsen Hayden  on  01/08  at  08:30 PM
  118. Well this stinks, but I certainly understand. Thanks for all the great posts. I’ll be watching for your next book. And if ya’ll ever find yerself in South Carolina…

    Posted by Ann Bartow  on  01/08  at  08:39 PM
  119. Dear Prof Berube (I can’t do them Frenchified accents) - may I call you Michael instead?
    Dear Michael, It has been - oh,lemme see now - some decades since I graduated , so long ago that it was pre-post-modernism.Everything I know about that gang i.e.Foucault, Derrida and about post-post-modernism I owe to you. Thank you for making me feel like I am still an educated person.I have loved your blog and will miss it.
    Best to you and your family for 2007.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  08:54 PM
  120. But who will persuade me that literary criticism isn’t rubbish? Now I’ll have to buy your damned books.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  08:56 PM
  121. Many thanks for the humor granted and the thought generated by this wonderful blog. You were one of my daily reads, Dr. Berube, though this autodidact rarely felt comfortable enough in his learning to comment here.

    Should you find yourself downtown in Webster’s, I’d be honored to buy you a coffee and give you a thank you in person.

    Fred
    The Third Invisible Secret Owner of Webster’s Bookstore

    Posted by handdrummer  on  01/08  at  08:58 PM
  122. Michael,

    Your final post is moving in tone and touching in its frankness. You are a rare person who gives much more than he takes. Best wishes for your work. I look forward to the “books and coffee” talk here at Purdue in a few weeks on _What’s Liberal_, as well as the after party (yes!). I’ll hoist a glass to ya!

    Posted by A. G. Rud  on  01/08  at  09:10 PM
  123. This is starting to feel like some kind of high school yearbook. Best of luck in all you do! It’s been great knowing you! Remember that time when Roxanne . . . .?

    Forget all of us, Michael, and go puck yourself silly on the rink. Oh, and GOOD LUCK. See ya at my annual get-together, in stairwells, on couches, or wherever you land.

    It’s Jamie we’re really going to miss. Get that life as you know it updated soon. Some of us will even buy it, floating head notwithstanding.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:12 PM
  124. Zut alors! You will be le missed! Adieu.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:16 PM
  125. Bon voyage, Professor Bérubé!

    captcha: nation

    Posted by ifthethunderdontgetya  on  01/08  at  09:16 PM
  126. Michael,
    Thanks for being here.  Score some more goals and ‘Illegetimi non carborundum’.
    As for Jamie, I’m sure he’ll be great.  I’ve been working for NYS OMRDD for almost 30 years and I’ve learned that the parents’ commitment makes ALL the difference.  (Also, if available in PA, a good Medicaid Service Coordinator can’t hurt, though you probably already know that.)
    My best,
    DaveH

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:19 PM
  127. My heart is breaking!!!

    I do understand, but damn, I’m gonna miss this blog! 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:20 PM
  128. My new project for 2007 will involve v-casting my enormous looming ghostly head directly into your living room so that I can harangue you and your loved ones at any hour of the day.

    Is it disturbing that I wish this weren’t a joke?

    Are we sure it is? After all, Brad DeLong has been trying something like this (though his usual text-based posts continue to appear). He’s not a giant looming head, per se, but a smaller head-and-shoulders uttering professorial musings betwixt slurps of coffee.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:32 PM
  129. This reminds me of the guy who wrote Calvin and Hobbes.  When he stopped the daily strip, didn’t he say that he wanted to continue his work in a less restrictive environment?  And yet, where is the next Calvin and Hobbes book, I ask you?

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:33 PM
  130. We’ll miss you, Berube-san!

    I will probably be shamelessly cribbing lecture ideas from your various “Theory Tuesday” type posts for years.

    Posted by Amardeep  on  01/08  at  09:38 PM
  131. (delurk)
    Fine!

    I’m delurking to say goodbye and thank you. Now I’m flouncing off in a huff. Harumph!
    (/delurk)

    Posted by Tata  on  01/08  at  09:42 PM
  132. Michael -

    I just stumbled on your blog via Crooked Timber a couple of weeks ago and thought “what a little gem”.
    I bookmarked you and now you’re heading for the door!

    Good luck to you and yours.

    Posted by aidan  on  01/08  at  09:49 PM
  133. Waaaahhhhh!

    Posted by Laura  on  01/08  at  09:54 PM
  134. Michael, thanks for all the great writing. As I mentioned before, you taught me something. I’ll wait for your books.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  09:54 PM
  135. ---Whaaa?  I’ve been away for the last four days, and missed the gradual dusking: hadn’t believed that this would actually happen.  Mondays are a systemic shock in the best of circumstances, and now this?

    Michael, I’ve always been in awe of your output in terms of both Q’s, so your blog burnout is certainly understandable… Why, I’d often budget two or three days’ worth of mental energy in advance before merely venturing here!

    Your energetic and astute proprietorship has been much appreciated.  Boy, will we miss you.  Best to you and the fam for as long as the grass grows and the streams flow… *choke*

    --Say, what about a quarterly… or at least a Barryesque “Year in Review” report, or somethin’? 

    Berube’s face.  It was not in impenetrable shadow as the other objects in the yard were, but had a dismal light about it, like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.  It was not angry or ferocious, but looked at me as Berube used to look… The hair was curiously stirred, as if by breath or hot air; and, though the eyes were wide open, they were perfectly motionless…

    Posted by Romy B.  on  01/08  at  10:00 PM
  136. Thank you for all the exquisite writing and stories.  And I think I speak for all liberals in thanking you for what you did in exposing David Horowitz’ silliness.  He truly is a clown.

    Hope you’ll drop in on the blogging world on occasion.

    Posted by Mary  on  01/08  at  10:06 PM
  137. A Man Young And Old: XI. From Oedipus At Colonus

    Endure what life God gives and ask no longer span;
    Cease to remember the delights of youth, travel-wearied aged man;
    Delight becomes death-longing if all longing else be vain.

    Even from that delight memory treasures so,
    Death, despair, division of families, all entanglements of mankind grow,
    As that old wandering beggar and these God-hated children know.

    In the long echoing street the laughing dancers throng,
    The bride is carried to the bridegroom’s chamber through torchlight and tumultuous song;
    I celebrate the silent kiss that ends short life or long.

    Never to have lived is best, ancient writers say;
    Never to have drawn the breath of life, never to have looked into the eye of day;
    The second best’s a gay goodnight and quickly turn away.

    William Butler Yeats

    Posted by The Heretik  on  01/08  at  10:23 PM
  138. Late to the party, as always, searching through the knocked over and half full cups on the otherwise emptied table to find a full enough one for a toast: Here’s to all the good that’s yet to come!

    And thanks for all that preceded.

    Posted by miscellanneous  on  01/08  at  10:39 PM
  139. No! You can’t go!

    Damn you Berube, you made me proud to be a PA resident!

    ......

    Ok ok, thanks for your aesthetically perfect comments these past few years, but keep in mind that since you’re gone, your IMS status will likely deteriorate within days.

    And seriously, though it’s only the latest in a long line of fantastic contributions to the human mind contraire to academia, yr 2001 = Cold War essay will remain near and dear to my heart. As will the Hanson Bros.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  10:46 PM
  140. So sorry to see you go!  You’re one of the best there is. Thanks for everything.  And come back anytime!!!!

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:14 PM
  141. I can’t stand it! 

    This is the garden.  Time shall surely reap
    and on Death’s blade lie many a flower curled,
    in other lands where other songs be sung;
    yet stand They here enraptured, as among
    the slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
    some silver-fingered fountain steals the world.

    e.e. cummings

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:14 PM
  142. Been fun.  Good luck.  I’ve never regretted clicking onto your blog.

    Captcha: “thus” Thus.

    Posted by Aaron Barlow  on  01/08  at  11:18 PM
  143. I hope your family/colleagues/hockey teammates and worthy opponents/publishers/WAAGNFN Party operatives know how lucky they are to be getting you back full-time.  I certainly consider myself lucky that you shared your writings with us in this here “web” “log” while it lasted.

    (And it’s a measure of my respect for you and your work that I’m not at *all* insulted that Sean Carroll would solicit a professor of cultural studies rather than an actual philosopher of science, say, to hold forth on philosophy of science at Cosmic Variance.)

    Posted by Dr. Free-Ride  on  01/08  at  11:18 PM
  144. Though a shy commenter, I always enjoyed reading you.  I hope you’ll come back someday but in the duration perhaps we’ll run into each other at an alma mater event or two.  Afterall, someone has to keep the place well funded and going!

    Best of luck!

    Posted by Adorable Girlfriend  on  01/08  at  11:42 PM
  145. In a way, what has made your blog so good is also the reason you are closing it: you put tremendous amounts of work and thought into it. How ironic.Its very excellence has led to its demise.
    I will really miss you and your blog. I just hope to god Twisty hangs in there, or, really, I will not find too much to interest me any more in the blogosphere.

    Posted by Hattie  on  01/08  at  11:43 PM
  146. Had my wife accepted Penn State’s offer when she was looking at graduate school, she would probably have tried to get you on her dissertation committee (as your thing and her thing are similar) and I’d be damning you to hell for all the anxiety, the low self-esteem, and the sheer homelife awfulness that is a PhD program. I much prefer having “spent time” with you this way.

    You’re a hell of a writer, Michael. Thanks for everything. Thank you too for what’s to come. And please thank your family for sharing you with us.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:49 PM
  147. Jesus H. Did someone remember to hire the sin-eater?

    Posted by Roxanne  on  01/08  at  11:57 PM
  148. Bye Michael,

    Your departure creates another blogospheric hole that won’t be easily filled. I hope the space/blog continuum holds.

    Blogs have now been around long enough that many of us have experienced several blog demises. In fact, we probably need a word for the end of blogs. And we also might require an etiquette guide for what to say to the ex-blogger.

    The first blog demise I experienced was Tom Spencer’s on HNN. It garnered only a few comments. Then Hesiod at Counterspin departed with some cryptic comments. The first big departure I experienced was Invisible Adjunct’s. The comment section to her last post demonstrated just how emotionally connected a blog community can be. Ted Barlow’s retreat from blogging was more muted because he had become a part of the Crooked Timber empire. And the last few months have cost us Jeanne D’Arc, Billmon, and now you. That’s an awful lot of blogging talent to lose at one time, each blog with its distinctive but overlapping communities.

    Good luck with your new projects. Unlike with some of the others I’ve mentioned, I have great confidence I’ll be hearing from you again in some forum. I look forward to it.

    Posted by  on  01/08  at  11:57 PM
  149. You’ll be missed.

    Posted by patriotboy  on  01/09  at  12:17 AM
  150. The ecosphere is shaking itself down.  Fafblog, billmon, American Street - and now the inimitably erudite, sly, wise, fearless Professor of Dangeral Studies is leaving us.

    It’s like the end of college, when you say goodbye to people who were deeply important to you for so many years, knowing you’re unlikely to ever see them again.

    I’m glad for you and sad for all of us. 

    Fare thee well, and fare thee fair.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:27 AM
  151. Prof. Berube:

    Too bad you’re closing down the store--I’ll especially miss Theory Tuesday’s.

    Kumar

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:34 AM
  152. Thanks, Michael. I’ve learned a great deal in reading your blog. And I’m deeply appreciative.

    In the meantime, when you make it to Seattle, you owe me a book signing. And a beer. Or whatever libation strikes our fancy.

    Keep an eye on the black panther. Yes.

    Posted by SeattleDan  on  01/09  at  12:58 AM
  153. Last!

    (Just kidding.  The GNF is last, of course.)

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  01:09 AM
  154. Wow. Well, thank you for your time here, and wishing you the best for your future plans!

    Posted by New Kid on the Hallway  on  01/09  at  01:44 AM
  155. I’ve enjoyed much of your blog and posts, especially the Jamie stories. I love your writing. I’ve also enjoyed hearing snippets about State College and PSU, as I spent a few years there. Good luck with all your ranting and raving and learning; we’ll miss it, and your civil and level humanity.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  01:47 AM
  156. G’night Michael.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  02:08 AM
  157. You’ll be much missed Michael--the best blog I know of, anywhere. Best links too. The news is like hearing that they’re going to stop printing the sports pages. It’s not right I tell you.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  02:54 AM
  158. so sorry to hear you’ve contracted ted barlow’s disease, michael, but thank you for the blog posts you’ve done, for the links you’ve given me, for the intellectual discourse you’ve started, and for the general bon homme you’ve added to blogtopia (and yes! i coined that phrase!).

    good luck to you in all your ventures, and, if you ever want to guest blog for a bit, you’re always welcome at skippy!

    Posted by skippy  on  01/09  at  03:14 AM
  159. Thank you for years of bloggy goodness.  Don’t be shy to go around your friends’ blogs and post comments every now and then.  And let us know when you’re in town…

    Posted by coturnix  on  01/09  at  03:37 AM
  160. But who will write about the N.Y Rangers if they make it to the Stanley Cup finals?

    All the best.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  04:17 AM
  161. Thanks for the memories. You will be missed.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  06:22 AM
  162. captcha: writing
    as in, now I’ll have to buy your books to read yours.
    Best wishes to you and your family, Michael.

    Posted by Joanna  on  01/09  at  06:45 AM
  163. So I actually first began thinking about retiring from blogging back in September

    Makes sense, what with WLAtLA: The Graphic Novel finally launched, I’m sure Mei Ling and Chanterelle began ramping down the “training mission”.

    It’s like ABC from Glengarry Glen Ross: Always Be Composing.

    Well enjoy your Cadillac Eldorado, you certainly earned it. We have been quite satisfied with our Glen Ross Farms property - it came with so many unique and thought-provoking features.

    It’s got to be more than 20 seconds into the game over before you can say, “That’s the best time I ever had”.

    A rare instance where I can use this quote in a positive sense.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  09:12 AM
  164. I will miss your erudite hilarity, and your stories about Jamie.  Thank you for everything.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  09:13 AM
  165. Michael, you’re the first blog I ever read, and you’re the best. We need a rational voice like yours, and I’ll miss it. Best of luck to you and the family, and I hope to read you again one day.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  10:04 AM
  166. Good luck with the Dangeral Studies.  Please continue to irritate Horowitz.  Thanks for the good work and best to Jamie.

    Posted by Jim Shirk  on  01/09  at  10:27 AM
  167. Michael,

    Bye for now.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    The way I see it, we all do what we can when we can.  And there is always so much to do.

    May

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  10:29 AM
  168. Michael,

    Thank you for a great blog.  Best wishes to you and your family.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  10:44 AM
  169. there is a need for a menu connection for the tour dates and calendar.  Thus those who are near various environs will be able to support you in meatspace; hell even in hockey arenas.  So please please be at least the minimalist in providing regular updates of where to meet the floating head and hockey stick.

    and it would be wonderful if you could keep the “Essays” section up to date… So that those of us who read every word on this blog might know where to get the next fix.

    captcha “surface” as in “do it once in a while”

    Posted by Adrian  on  01/09  at  11:31 AM
  170. Craptown. I guess I’ll have to read the dead-tree versions of past and future snark-battles with U.No.
    But Momcare (or any kind of care, actually) is one of the best reasons for quitting while you’re ahead.
    I’ll miss the stories about Jamie and theory tuesdays especially.

    This blog has taught me lots, and I’m grateful for that. Bye and take care.

    captcha: total: as “bummer,” or “nuclear annihilation.”

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  11:35 AM
  171. I only found this blog about a year ago; in the intervening time I’ve read and learned from a great deal of Berube both here and on paper, not to mention finally reading several Dangeral Studies books I bought years ago and filed away for lack of time.

    Thanks for all of it.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  11:46 AM
  172. thank you for the generous, thoughtful, witty blog. There were even moments when I thought I was going to understand literary theory: though it slips away with a wink of the tail now.
    Good luck with the five-year plan and beyond.

    Posted by Doug K  on  01/09  at  11:48 AM
  173. I’d like to second Adrian’s request that you keep the essays section.  Without it, I never would have gotten to “Teaching to the Six,” one of my favorite essays anywhere.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:02 PM
  174. I feel like I just met someone on the subway, rode all the way to Gallery Place talking like old friends, and lost sight of him when the train doors opened and the crowd deposited me on the platform.

    I just met you. I’ll miss you.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:09 PM
  175. Michael, thanks so much for everything.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:31 PM
  176. You made the blogosphere better with your writing.  Hope you return someday.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  12:40 PM
  177. I’ll miss this place; even though I only ever commented once or twice, I visited just about daily. Le Blog had three of the things I like most about my favorite blogs: (1) it was personal and individual, a quirky reflection of its founder’s personality, (2) it was funny, and (3) it had lots of smart visitors saying lots of smart things (lots of funny things too; can’t forget teh funny).

    So bye, be well, and thanks.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  01:09 PM
  178. Mille, mille grazie per tutto, Michael!  Thanks for the inspiring Jamie stories and for all of your brilliant essays.  Thanks too for coming to the MMA, it was a real treat.  Hope to see you again soon.  All the best to you and your family, and I’ll keep looking for your comments on the Internets.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  01:28 PM
  179. But but but....  Bérubé can’t leave Blogsylvania!  What am I gonna do with all these leftover accent marks lying around???

    Posted by tikistitch  on  01/09  at  01:35 PM
  180. You’ll be missed.  Thank you for insight and especially for your humor.  And thank you for encouragin me--in a conversation you don’t remember--to start blogging.

    Posted by PhDing  on  01/09  at  01:44 PM
  181. You’ll be missed.  Thank you for insight and especially for your humor.  And thank you for encouraging me--in a conversation you don’t remember--to start blogging.

    Posted by PhDing  on  01/09  at  01:45 PM
  182. I don’t think I’ve ever commented here but I’ve been a fairly regular reader from the get-go.  This has been the blog I come to when I really want to think (as opposed to my other internet interests which are mostly about escaping from thought).  You’re also damn funny.  I’ll be looking for your books in the coming years and also hoping that you decide to re-open Le Blog Berube for short periods of time every once in a while. Anyway, congrats on your 3-year-and-one-day run, and I’m glad you are keeping up the archives.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  02:05 PM
  183. Let me also say “Damn!”

    Posted by Steve Lawson  on  01/09  at  02:26 PM
  184. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your family these past few years.  Best wishes!

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  02:42 PM
  185. Good luck, Michael. It’s been *interesting*.

    Posted by Louis Proyect  on  01/09  at  02:59 PM
  186. You’re a helluva writer, but you were getting repetitious, predicatable.  Actually, you were that way since about the third month of the blog’s existence.

    Nevertheless, I was a faithful reader, and the blog will be missed.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  03:02 PM
  187. Oh, so that *was* you at the MLA, then?  Well, here’s a hello from a lurker and an almost-groupie from California.

    Posted by Charlotte  on  01/09  at  03:26 PM
  188. I’ll miss your blog, Michael.  I’ve felt like you were a friend, someone I engaged in conversation with every few days, learned about the family and was kept apprised of current involvements.  I’ve really enjoyed the visits.  Sorry we can’t continue.

    All the best for you and your family.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  03:37 PM
  189. So long and thanks for all the coconuts(the fish were all taken.) Seriously, I will miss your blog. I understand why you are going but it’s a shame because things are just now getting interesting.

    wheezer

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  03:44 PM
  190. You know, I was reading What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? on the subway this morning and thinking to myself, “Gee, I miss Michael Berube’s blog now that I lack the time for blogular things at work. I wonder what he’s up to?” Lo and behold, I have time to read at work today! Off to the blog… Hmm, nuclear fireballs… Wait. What? No!

    Way to ruin my day.

    Seriously though, best of luck with all the blogless endeavors. The content on this site has provided a hell of a lot of intellectual stimulation and humor in several offices often devoid of both.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  04:40 PM
  191. Thank you so much and continued good wishes.
    CdR

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  05:10 PM
  192. I’m sorry to see you go.  This blog actually gave me hope that an academic could achieve a well-balanced life, or at least a seemingly normal version of one.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  05:12 PM
  193. The clocks have stopped. The buzzer has sounded. Gordie Howe is dead. Bobby Orr is dead. Mario Lemieux. Dead. Gretzky? Nah. He’s having too much fun bodychecking. But still.

    All of them highstick for you, Berube, for all your power plays. And we’ll be looking for your next, one of these days.

    Au revoir, mon ami. I’ll never wash my puck again.

    Posted by Kevin Hayden  on  01/09  at  05:31 PM
  194. So long and thanks for all the fish! You will be missed, but there are other things in life besides blogging and I know your plate is always full.

    Posted by Ancarett  on  01/09  at  05:33 PM
  195. Actually, I like your books better than your blog, so I’m happy. Though, still and all, you’re a damn good blogger.

    I can’t help but think that all the attention your last book received, and how that attention crossed over with a vengeance onto the blog, has something to do with you shutting things down.

    I also can’t help feeling you’re on the bleeding edge on a blog abandoning trend here. Will all but the diehards leave our screens and return to meatspace now that the (political) fog has lifted a little? The air, it smells so sweet. The sun, look how it glitters!

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  05:45 PM
  196. This has been a favourite blog of mine for a long time, and I’m deeply saddened to see it go.  Thank you for fighting the good fight on so many fronts, and thank you for all the wonderful writing.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  07:44 PM
  197. I don’t have any comment worthy of Tuesday’s post, so I’ll say goodbye and thanks here.

    I’m with Laura. Wah.

    I was hoping it was all a joke when you first mentioned stopping.

    Next time I attend one of your panels, I’ll have to get over my shyness and say hello instead of thinking, “I’ll just keep reading the blog.”

    Posted by luolin  on  01/09  at  07:50 PM
  198. Thanks and good luck to you and yours, prof.  Stay frosty.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  08:30 PM
  199. Thanks, and i’ll miss you much.

    Posted by  on  01/09  at  09:34 PM
  200. Your trackback is slow, so I’ll link to my confession of my true feelings at the end of this blog.

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  01/09  at  09:37 PM
  201. Take care, and thanks for everything.

    TK

    Posted by Terry Karney  on  01/09  at  09:53 PM
  202. Bless you Michael, and Jamie, and the rest of your family.

    You’ve given many wonderful moments of laughter, wit, snark, pathos, and humanity.

    For that, I thank you.

    Posted by SteveAudio  on  01/10  at  04:47 AM
  203. Thanks for the great writing. I’ll keep your RSS link in my reader. Please don’t shut this thing completely down, so as to have a place to post when the urge becomes irresistible.

    captcha: “which”, as in “Ding dong, the...” oh, wait a minute. Never mind.

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  11:55 AM
  204. I was out of town, so I’m late, but I wish you all happiness and productivity in your blog retirement. If you ever feel like a good fight, you know where to find us!

    Posted by Carrie Shanafelt  on  01/10  at  01:35 PM
  205. I’ve been away from my computer for a few days, and my boyfriend just broke the sad news that Le Blogue Berube is going away.

    When I started considering returning to school not quite two years ago, I visited Inside Higher Education and academic blogs and became a regular lurker here. Theory Tuesdays especially were a great gateway drug and I daresay prepared me for the first-year research methods class.

    Anyway, I greatly admire your wit, your careful writing, your commitment to educational access, and your sense of perspective. I want to be like you when I grow up--whenever that is. Thank you. Be well. We’ll miss you.

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  02:06 PM
  206. Oh, that’s all very WELL AND FINE, that you will be writing for your ELITIST ACADEMIC JOURNALS. What about all the waitresses and fry cooks and freelance writers who read your blog? What about US?!?!??!

    Oh, that’s OK, just run screaming into your ivory tower complete w/ hockey rink.

    (Seriously, though: I shall miss the blog, you make me laff.)

    Posted by Kathy McCarty  on  01/10  at  03:43 PM
  207. Like any good festscrift, the comments here as witty and engaging as those that made our honoree famous.  I can’t compete, and add only that I too was an avid and faithful reader--even of the hockey posts.  I heard recently that someone was predicting the end of blogging.  I was skeptical at the time, but this is surely a portent.  We’ll miss you.

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  04:08 PM
  208. Many good wishes.  As the parent of a disabled kid, I’ve loved reading your take on disability issues and your posts re Jamie.

    Posted by emily  on  01/10  at  05:14 PM
  209. Adding my voice to the long list (see above) of folks who were mostly lurkers but read you all the time. 

    In my case, you were one of my bloglines subscriptions that almost always got read fast.  You know how when some of your subs turn bold you let them sit, and some you let sit until they reach full capacity (200 posts) and then you gotta decide whether to finally read the damn thing or just unsubscribe?

    Well, yours rarely reached 3.

    I’ve also shared several posts of yours with my wife, which is something I can’t say about many.

    Thanks for all the thinking before posting!

    M.

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  06:15 PM
  210. Thanks for the three years you put into this blog.  I hope you learned as much from the experience as I did reading you.  Best wishes to you and your family.
    - greggy

    Posted by  on  01/10  at  06:51 PM
  211. Well, f**k.  What am I going to read now?

    Posted by  on  01/11  at  02:19 AM
  212. Wha?
    Wah!

    in denial,
    debbie

    Posted by dhawhee  on  01/11  at  07:22 AM
  213. Better late than never! (Always have been a late bloomer.) Thank you for leaving the archives up--lots of good reading and cool links there.  Thank you for lobbing a few key phrases even in the wind-down week. (Maybe someday you and Chris Clarke can start a band called A Tutelage of Jebbies.)

    Damn, this has been fun!

    Thank you merci gracias,
    Sian

    Posted by  on  01/11  at  11:14 AM
  214. Thanks, man. Put the bisquit in the basket.

    - the Chief

    Posted by  on  01/11  at  08:18 PM
  215. Does this mean I have to delete you from my list of favorite blogs? Or should I just leave the link in memoriam?

    Posted by Geoff  on  01/11  at  11:10 PM
  216. damn.

    Posted by  on  01/12  at  05:27 PM
  217. No need to be totally sad just yet. There’s a WAAGNFNP Party invitation for everyone here at #71

    (For those who don’t do links, that’s the “Impact” thread at #71)

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  01/12  at  06:45 PM
  218. So those two talks at MLA were the swan song?  How sad.  Good luck on your other projects, Michael.  I’d really like to see a sequel to Life As We Know It, so I hope you push ahead on that one with all deliberate speed.

    Posted by  on  01/12  at  07:26 PM
  219. I’ll definitely miss this blog, and all the inside jokes connected to it. I’m sure that one of your many online friends will be happy to post your thoughts whenever you get the urge to write them, though, so I look forward to your guest appearances.

    PS

    Stay dangerous!

    Posted by gordo  on  01/12  at  11:04 PM
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