On some unexpected developments ...

Readers and listeners:

Many of you may know that I have been hired by The New York Times to write essays for them twice a week, as a subscriber newsletter. Yes, I’m surprised too — but I’m going to do it, and in fact have started.

However, understandably they will not allow me to continue doing this newsletter for Substack at the same time. Thus, with sincere regret — this has been a blast — I have to suspend my newsletter here.

Needless to say, when I started this Substack newsletter in January, the last thing I expected was that the Times would be tapping me into an exclusive arrangement. However, I know that this means that those who paid for an annual subscription — THANK YOU to them — are not getting all of what they paid for (in many cases, not even half).

So: ALL subscriptions will be paused for now and frozen in time. No one will be further charged. Also, my podcast Lexicon Valley is part of the Booksmart Studios empire which is now under Substack, as are my conversations with Glenn Loury — subscriber contributions transferred there would of course be welcome.

However, for those who would like prorated refunds upon request, do reach out to me here, and I will get the money back to you as quickly as possible. I apologize for the inconvenience.

In any case, I have been immensely flattered that so many of you have been reading me here since January, and often even paying for it. My new gig is exciting, but I will miss this one. Once again, THANK YOU!!