of really extraordinarily good news: I have been chosen to receive one of the first ten annual Distinguished Faculty Awards at Columbia. I've known about this for a while, but seeing the public announcement really rubs it in (I'm not going to paste in the citation, it is embarrassingly lavish and certainly more than I deserve).
I am especially moved because of the award's emphasis on teaching. I really, really love everything to do with reading and writing and thinking about things (anyone who reads this blog regularly will have gathered that), but there is no doubt that the part of my life that's been both the most rewarding and the most ethically acceptable (reading and writing are delightfully decadent and self-pleasing rather than really public-spirited) is the teaching. I have been so fortunate in my students, there is no way even to begin to do justice to them: Columbia has been a really excellent home to me these last five years, and I want to take this occasion to thank all of the students who have particularly made that so much the case.