Human Exceptionalism

Check Out the New Secondhand Smoke Look

The transition of SHS to the First Things family of blogs will soon be upon us. To see what it will look like, you can go to FT’s new home page–still only partially constructed–and then hit the blogs link. Secondhand Smoke will appear. Hit that link, and you will find me, or actually SHS as it looked a week or so ago. (They have not yet transferred the latest posts to the FT site). Or go there directly from here.

I will not be using Blogger once the transition is completed, but you should be able to access SHS the same old way–you won’t have to go through FT. I still intend to permit comments. My hope is that the added viewership will make things even more interesting around here than they already are.

Thanks to all for your viewership and participation.

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