Good news! NYU just offered me a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Steinhardt school's department of Media, Culture and Communication. (actually, I'll be "Visiting Instructor" until I defend my dissertation, which should take a while longer now that I have to move and everything -- but who's counting?)
Seriously, I am looking forward to being home in NYC, and to being part of such an excellent department. The semester starts up September 1, so I've got to close up shop in LA and git a move on ASAP. If you know of any good apartments or brokers in town, let me know.
UPDATE: Found a nice place in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Moving there in mid-August. Not a lot of time for idle contemplation.