Apparently some time early Friday morning, my webhost had a server die, and it happened to be the server my data was on. When they finally got my stuff transferred to another server, I guess it still takes some time for other ISPs to redirect traffic. Consequently, even though my site was up, people still couldn’t see it, including me. I believe that enough time has passed that ISPs all over have figured out where my website currently sits (I have no idea what all of this means, by the way). So, after a day and a half down, I found out that they’d also lost the last week’s worth of data, which meant two posts and I don’t know how many comments (not too many). I have the posts back up, but the comments are gone for good. I’m sorry for this and I hope that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
I also couldn’t write any post for this weekend, so I’d like to direct you instead to this interesting essay about the life and death of The American Book Award (a populist movement that replaced the National Book Award during the greater part of the 1980s) that was in the New York Times Book Review today. Click here for the article.