We're on book 11, it's long past time to stop writing as if we are new readers. Anyone that picks up #11 is going to be confused about the characters and events that were covered in previous books. Mr. Jordan, with all due respect, you do not need to keep explaining the same thing over and over and over!
That is the single most important aspect of New Spring that made it such a good read (aside from the single plot thread). Had New Spring been written like the other books, it would have been twice as long as it explained things we already knew and understood.
[Rant for another time: it's past time to stop introducing new plot points!]