Here’s a quick update to let you all know that I am still alive. The last few days have been fairly slow, with no more interviews yet scheduled until mid-week. I spent the last half of last week doing my best to get a hold of new people to interview. Some have responded, some have not.
I have also been slowly working my way through Shlomo Sand’s controversial new book, The Invention of the Jewish People. It should be done by the end of the week, and with any luck I’ll write up a review for the blog shortly. I also hope to read soon a very recently released book by Nadav Shelef, Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel. The subject is uncomfortably close to my own, which could be a very good thing or a very bad thing. Either way, I am trying to obtain a copy.
Otherwise, life in Jerusalem has been very pleasant of late. I am finding my favorite cafes to hide in during the day to enjoy the air conditioning, and I am becoming increasingly familiar with the city as I pound the pavement every day. Research is progressing apace, writing is moving along bit by bit, my Hebrew is getting better, and I still have lots of time here to get it all sorted. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more interesting news.