I was just in this thread a short time ago and saw some kind of post from Howard Smith saying that he wasn't coming back because of something you said to him. Then that post disappeared, but now there is another (presumably later)post from Howard - indicating evidently that he is back nonetheless - complaining that a previous post of his was deleted. Is that the one where he said he wasn't coming back? I was going to be facetious and ask whether that was a threat or a promise, but if the deleted post is the one I'm referring to, Howard clarifies it was a "mere statement of fact", so I won't go there.
Now getting down to substantive stuff, thanks for posting the reference to the Sontag piece. It so happens that it didn't do much for me, but that's just me (others may have found it really meaningful) - doesn't in any way detract from the usefulness - indeed desirability - of administrators and other members bringing such "think pieces" to the table for a forum category such as this one. So members' comments about this or that think-piece shouldn't deter anyone from making such recommendations in the future.
And welcome back Howard