We interrupt this blog to bring you a personal announcement
Due to circumstances not entirely beyond my control, Asylum will be operating a reduced service for the foreseeable future. This is because I expect to become a father in the next couple of weeks. While some bloggers have been able to maintain a healthy posting schedule with a new baby on hand, I am not so confident, and tend to heed those who greet the news of impending fatherhood with phrases such as “no more reading for you, then,” “say goodbye to your old life,” and “ha ha ha ha”.
Presently I don’t know how adjustment to my new life will affect this blog. It may continue as normal, with less frequent posts, or shorter posts (if I have time to make them shorter). It may stop altogether. In the meantime, I am planning ahead and have scheduled some content for the coming months, including early (or at least punctual) reviews of new novels from Geoff Dyer and Colm Tóibín, reissues from Penguin Modern Classics of books by John Christopher and Eric Ambler, and one or two interviews with authors I’ve praised here recently.
Thank you for listening. I now have to go and laminate my paperbacks.