And I'm off, July 1 to the end of the year, on book leave. Most exciting, I head for a month to the Middle East to investigate what is real and what is lip service in the debate over where antiquities most properly belong. I will be sharing some of my findings on this blog, and look forward to hearing back from you all, my readers. I hope to visit sites in Luxor, in Egypt, and Istanbul in Turkey, along with the Acropolis and elsewhere Greece. If time (and money) holds out, I will head to Italy to talk to the prosecutors of Marion True, the martyred ex-curator of the Getty. (Also, if the Italians are not gone on vacation.) If this sounds like a boondoggle posing as book research, all I can say is: write your own damn proposal.
a bientot to all from the road. sw.