Because right before heading out on a motorcycular rampage of the small South American nation of Ecuador, I decided to make the blog "responsive," so you could read it on your cell phone real easy.
That worked, but now, when viewed on a computer, the goddamn thing looks like a ransom note. Bring a bag of unmarked gerunds and come alone.
I'll be making clumsy adjustments to this format in my copious free time, probably until shortly before my death.
Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
Postscript: Thanks to Laura at the Typepad Helpdesk, I was able to restore the old design, so it's not ugly anymore—but no longer is it responsive. I've asked Laura for further guidance. Will Writing Boots readers ever be able to read their favorite blog on their phone? Laura, you're our only hope …