I'm taking a vacation next week and working on an essay for the Atlantic magazine the week after. I'm leaving this blog in the interim in the very capable hands of Patrick Appel, my aide de blogue, and two Dish alums, Jessie Roberts, my ancien aide de blogue and Chris Bodenner, former Dish intern and now Hotline wunderkind. They'll be trawling the web and blogosphere for the familiar Dish goodies, and revealing how superfluous I am fast becoming in these parts. Next week, they'll also be joined by Hilary Bok, Hilzoy of Obsidian Wings, and the week after by Daniel Larison, whose blog, Eunomia, is currently at the American Conservative.  I don't know how to categorize either Hilary or Daniel, which is why they are particularly welcome at the Dish. But I do know they're two of the freshest, sharpest new voices to have emerged from the blogosphere. Welcome to my parlor, said the spider, etcetera.

I'll be back in August and balls-to-the-wall till November. Reculer pour mieux sauter. And all that.