After a good deal of reflection and consultation with my family, I have decided that (aside from pre-existing commitments, of which I have a few) I will no longer give lectures or interviews, or participate in conferences, or speak on podcasts. I have a great deal that I want to think about and write about, and what feels like a rapidly dwindling supply of time in which to pursue the tasks I care about most; I feel that I just can’t afford to be distracted from that work by the need to prepare and deliver lectures, or even to give interviews — tasks I find stressful even in the best circumstances. (See, relatedly, this post.) From now on I hope simply to teach and write. I feel sure that this is the best plan for me; indeed, the necessary plan. I hope that the work I produce in the future will bear out that judgment.