This is me on the turret of James Joyce’s breakfast castle at Sandymount Strand, south of Dublin.
It took me a long time to visit Dublin. Or to Europe. I rarely get a chance to leave New York City, but I flew across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in my life in 2019, just before the pandemic, and it seems symbolic that I finally got my butt across an ocean just around the time that the world was getting ready to shut down. Well, it’s symbolic and it’s also what I’m up to lately, because I’m trying to take this wise advice: “get out of your own head”. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. And I guess that’s my happy excuse for the fact that I don’t write as often here as I used to. I’m busy with other stuff, like my two podcasts.
In my head or out of it, I’m still running the literary blog I began in July 23, 1994, and I still love running this thing. Keeping it running has meant dealing with lots of technical changes, and I just ported the entire thing (including 26 years of articles, message boards, etc.) to WordPress. Here’s a Twitter thread about the technical side of this, if you’re interested. I’m still working on it, so I don’t have much of an “About Us” page here yet. I’m working on it! Thanks for sticking around as a Litkicks reader and a Litkicks friend. We have a lot more writing to do.
If you want to know about why I used to go by the name Levi Asher, and I now use the name I was born with, Marc Eliot Stein, here’s something about that.
And if you want to journey back in time and see the way this site has looked over the years, here’s a cascading series of previous “About Us” pages.