Thanks to reader "kingless" for letting me know: Michael Bérubé returns! He'll be posting at Crooked Timber. He says in the comments there that he'll start on Thursday.
I've missed him. For example when Jean Baudrillard died. I'm not smart enough to explain Baudrillard, but I knew the obits I was reading weren't doing it. Scott McLemee's essay was thoughtful and helpful. Another I found from wood s lot was even better. But Michael Bérubé would have taken the discussion to a whole new plane. Maybe there's still time.