[Guest post from the moderator]
For those of you who had thought Hugh Nibley [off the record] had faded softly into that good night, no.
School started again, but the main distraction that kept us from posting for the last few weeks was a child, one who will almost certainly be the final grandchild of Hugh Nibley, who tried to make an early entrance onto the stage of life. We have persuaded her, for the time being, that the intermediate world of the womb is preferable for the moment to this vale of tears, and she should remain as close to Grandpa Hugh for as long as possible. But the effort was a distraction from producing this blog.
We apologize for that.
But rest assured, HN is not going away.
We in the Nibley family have heard all our lives the same comment about Hugh Nibley. It goes something like this: “Hugh Nibley? Oh, my father/uncle/cousin/sister [fill in appropriate relation] reads everything he writes, but it’s way over my head.”
We are planning to address that perception. Not by dumbing HN down, but by using digital media to make him more available and more accessible. And doing it all in a way that appreciates that he was, above all, fun.
We have some ideas about how to use digital media to create a broader, younger and more diverse audience for HN’s works, but we want to hear your ideas too. As part of this effort, we hope to form a stronger bond and communicate more with you, the people who have an interest in the life and teachings of Hugh Nibley. We want to hear from you. We want to know what inspired you about HN, and we also want to know what annoyed the hell out of you about him (and if you think there was nothing annoying about him, well then I’m absolutely sure he wasn’t your dad.)
Above all, we want you to know that we appreciate and value the attention you give to HN’s work even now, several years after his death. The response to the postings and tweets we’ve done has been amazing and gratifying. In the immortal words of Humphrey Bogart, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Stay tuned for further announcements.