Box of books: still missing. The United States says, with absolute certainty, that the package is still in France, where it should remain for 30 days. We haven’t talked to France again yet, but will hope to do so today.
Work: proceeding anyway. I’ve carved out a particular chunk of the new project that I’d like to produce by the end of the summer, and which I think I might be able to complete if I can get my hands on two of the books that were in this box. The good news is that Amazon UK can get them to me quite quickly. The bad news is that they charge in *pounds*, which is to say that not only will I be rebuying books I already own, but I’ll also be paying slightly more than double for them. But what can one do — work must go on.