Greetings from Oregon.

It seems that once again I’m having health challenges, and I am staying here with my sister having hip replacement surgery.

I had the brilliant idea that I could work full time during all of this, but I’ve come to understand that the recovery process is going to be more lengthy and involved than I thought it was going to be. And that getting better is going to be something I need to devote all my energy to.

In the mean time, FDL doesn’t have the resources to hire someone to run the shop, so we are going to be stripping back to basics for the near future.

Kevin Gosztola, Jon Walker, Dan Wright and Peter Van Buren have graciously agreed to keep posting here as they can, as have the Over Easy Crowd. Moreover, MyFDL will be up and running and people will be able to post. Book Salon, however, will be going on hiatus, as will the editorial staff.

It’s been a really painful decision for me to have to make, but I’ve been limping around in pain for a couple years now and my doctor says that my hip bone degenerated to the point that this surgery is the only thing that will help. So almost ten years to the day after FDL opened its doors, we’re going to be going on hiatus, at least until I’m feeling strong enough to come back full time.

In the mean time, we will still keep our commitment to the Kiriakou family to help them pay their mortgage each month until John is out of prison and back on his feet.  And if you’d like to donate to help us cover the costs of our servers, insurance etc. while we scale things back, you can do it here.  We really, really appreciate your support.

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed so much to FDL over the years, and to the people who have volunteered to keep it running in my absence.  I can’t thank you enough.  I hope that while I’m gone you’ll continue to support everyone who has volunteered to pitch in and keep the lights on.

I’m hopeful that after I get back on my feet the great work that has been taking place at FDL will be able to continue.


Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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