At times, my university's spam filter is, shall we say, over-efficient. Student e-mails have, on more than one occasion, been consigned to Circle Nine of the spam inferno, never to be seen again. One colleague reported that an interesting request for a collaboration was similarly dispatched to the chilly depths. However, this is quite possibly the first time that the spam filter has ever trapped university e-mails--from the bookstore, no less. I'm impressed, for some value of "what on earth...?"
Speaking of filters, as some of you may have noticed as my Twitter feed scrolls by, I have actually finished copyediting Robert Elsmere. I now need to find something productive to do with my time, although I suspect that Notre Dame will soon fill the void by sending me page proofs and requesting an index for Book Two. (Come to think of it, they're probably going to do that while I'm vacationing. Figures.)
Meanwhile, on an entirely unrelated note, I'll have an essay in this seminar over at Crooked Timber.