"He was defunct. They were perfunctory." I got that from the description of King Offa's funeral in "Mercian Hymns" by Geoffrey Hill (not a poet generally known for his jokes or, indeed, intelligibility; though the "Mercian Hymns" are, I think, his best work). I've been toying with the idea of writing a few more posts but I'm not looking forward to dealing with the frustration of Blogger and HTML again. The hit counter's got to go as well. I don't really fancy getting involved in day-to-day political affairs or polemics either. I was planning to do a proper takedown of Edward Said's criticism of Chateaubriand in "Orientalism" (which I managed to read again thanks to Amazon's Search Inside feature). Sensitive literary and political critic? Yeah, right. But is Said really worth the effort? Plus, I'd probably have to buy his book. But some other posts maybe some time soon, although they probably won't amount to much.