Some of you may recall that in May, 2012, I wrote several posts about an exciting new opportunity for me at Bennett College, the oldest Historically Black Women's College in America. I am sorry to report that things did not go as I had hoped, and I shall not be working at Bennett after the end of this semester. It is a long story, and not at this time ready to be told.
Which leaves me, once again, wondering what I am going to do with myself. The opportunity offered by The Society for Philosophy and Culture in Canada to make my out-of-print books available on Amazon.com as e-books has given me an idea. I think I am going to explore the possibility of assembling several volumes of my published and unpublished papers. There are not so many published papers as you might suppose -- maybe thirty published academic papers, a goodly number of reviews and replies to critics, and then a number of political writings, letters to the editor, and the like. In addition, of course, there are the tutorials, mini-tutorials, and appreciations that I wrote for this blog and have archived on box.net. And finally there are the unpublished essays and lectures that languish in a file drawer in my office.
The principal problem in putting this project together is the fact that most of these items exist only in printed form or typescript, not in electronic form. That means a good deal of scanning and reading into an optical character recognition program or, as a last resort, retyping. It seems to me that this should keep me out of trouble for some time to come.