We are officially pulling down the shutters here at The Scholarly Kitchen for the holidays and we will resume posting in early January. For the last few years, as we reach this time, I’m reminded of Karin Wulf’s incisive post on “Historians in Historic Times“. As Karin points out, “We are always living through history,” and as far as I’m concerned, it’s exhausting. In our own corner of the world, I start nearly every talk I give with the sentence, “Scholarly communication is undergoing an unprecedented period of rapid change,” and adapting to those changes is challenging work for every person in every corner of our community. And that’s not even getting into world events and the ongoing assault on expertise and truth.
So to all, whether you celebrate any of the holidays or not, I wish for you some quiet time to pause, reflect, and recharge. 2024 will bring it’s own challenges, and I look forward to meeting them with you.
I’ll leave you with Tom Waits’ ode to New Year’s Eve. See you on the other side: