Dead verse shines tonight:
all the voices in your head
Dead verse shines tonight:
all the voices in your head
Each year, I notice an uptick in blog visitors on Thanksgiving night and the weekend that follows it, presumably because sated readers lumber to their computers in search of something savory to stuff inside their rested brains.
So here’s what I’ve collected in my mental stock-pot: a jumble of links about books, language, poetry, and art, with nary a turkey in sight.
Nancy Marie Brown sees Iceland’s trolls in Tolkien.
At Lingwë, Jason wonders what Tolkien’s “Esgaroth” means.
Leonore the linguist wonders what’s in her name.
Steve Donoghue reads Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra.
Bibliographing reads Treasure Island!!!
Cynthia Haven reads Proust in Paris.
George reads Inventing the Middle Ages.
Gargoyle Girl finds faces on facades in Prague.
Levi Stahl contemplates Thanksgiving as homecoming.
First Known When Lost reaps poetic misgivings.
Dylan sings of “bent rhyme and feeble reason.”
Pete finds a classy Walgreen’s.
Kevin at Interpolations wonders why he adores Moby Dick.
Julie K. Rose ponders patronymic patterns.
Tim Hyde’s Photoriffs blog commingles beauty and disaster.
At last, a blog decrying dumb classroom projects: Wasting Time in School.
University Diaries is thankful for her students.
Flags! Explosions! Independence! Power outages! After dousing firework remnants and sweeping away picnic debris, ooh and aah at these sparkling links.
Michael Drout remembers the teacher who taught him Old English.
I find this odd: a play satirizing the International Congress on Medieval Studies. (It’s not that different from most professional conferences, folks.)
Nancy Marie Brown recalls stumbling into medieval Iceland.
The Medieval Material Culture blog finds LEGO castles in Massachusetts.
Megan Arnott surveys medievalism in children’s cartoons.
Scott visits Charlemagne’s Aachen, and takes pictures.
In New York, Gargoyle Girl finds the gargoyles and grotesques of Gramercy Park.
Ephemeral New York spots weeping angels in Brooklyn.
Luminarium makes cookies for the wives of Henry VIII.
Steven Hart remembers how rabbit ears died.
Interpolations administers last rites in the middle of the road.
Benjamin Buchholz tries self-critique through Sudanese art.
Laudator Temporis Actii scans the letterhead of the Society for the Prevention of Progress.
George posits a travel theorem: read instead.
Friend of this blog Lex “Kid Beowulf” Fajardo is featured in A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics.
When the Gypsy Scholar’s blog was plagiarized, he got the runaround from Google.
The Grumpy Old Bookman publishes Daphne Before She Died.
In a poem about the 1980s, Dylan knows there’s no sign of life, it’s just the power to charm. He also, delightfully, spins a ghazal: “’80s Music.”
The Book Haven introduces the North Korean poet who defected.
Rose Kelleher reads forms she hates to love.
Julie Rose asks: What are your books of a lifetime?
Bill Peschel recalls how Shirley Jackson could wield an awesome curse.
Finally tanz den Spatz with Sven van Thom, Berliner popstar turned…rapper?
Interesting links are the English-muffin sandwiches of the Internet: start your day with one and you’ll power that much more profitably through the hours, all thanks to lingering in the virtual Frühstückszimmer of your mind…
The Book Haven discovers what Frankenstein has to do with Walt Whitman’s brain, and, less whimsically, the man who volunteered for Auschwitz.
Nancy Marie Brown votes for the most influential writer of the Middle Ages.
Dylan pens “Disreputable,” a great ghazal.
“Maybe the dingo ate your baby”: Steven Hart hears cruelty in popular culture.
Has Dr. Beachcombing found trolls in Staffordshire?
Brevity wonders: an essay renaissance?
University Diaries does Bloomsday.
The Classical Bookworm likes Duolingo, where translation leads to learning.
Collected Miscellany hails A Hero for WondLa.
So Many Books wonders what books mean to you.
Dan at Obscurorant underestimated H.P. Lovecraft.
Cinerati remembers Star Frontiers.
Adrian Murdoch reports on the discovery of the first Roman camp on the Mosel.
Rohan Maitzen says no, Middlemarch is not book-club suicide.
Bill Peschel thinks Hemingway and Gellhorn would hate Hemingway and Gellhorn.
First Known When Lost climbs “a flight of steps that end in mid-air, and there is nothing but the sky above them.”
Summer is nigh, the beans in my garden aspire to wind ’round a trellis, and sunshine breeds an early crop of clever and interesting links.
The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages finds knights at a Rhode Island community college.
Nancy Marie Brown rides an Icelandic horse named Doubt.
Jonathan Jarrett gets a kick from a medieval scribe who was also a “visual learner.”
Luminarium bakes up medieval illuminated initial cookies. (Hat tip: Dave Lull.)
Patrick at Anecdotal Evidence puts Donald Justice and Edward Hopper side by side.
The Book Haven sees fog around bad weather imagery.
Bill Peschel thinks publishers could stand to learn a little showmanship from Star Wars and Tor Books.
Jake Seliger reiterates what you should know before you start a graduate program in literature (although I think his advice applies broadly to the humanities).
Flavia, newly tenured, ponders pseudonymity and its discontents.
Adrian Murdoch finds a German museum disappointing.
James Gurney discovers a video interview with Andrew Wyeth, who wished he’d painted his father.
Gabriele at Lost Fort takes you to the delightfully named Dunstaffnage Chapel.
George visits Mount Vernon.
Chris at Hats & Rabbits wonders how he’ll die.
First Known When Lost asks, “What will your epitaph be?”
From Jefferson’s fascination with Old English to the indefatigability of Cajun ring-jousters, American medievalism has long enjoyed a reputation as (in the words of one prominent scholar) “a tough little sister just looking for Mister Right on the wrong side of town.” While the “Quid Plura?” kobolds and I track down traces of medievalism far afield from the D.C. area, please partake of these medieval-ish and literary links from the cleverest of souls.
Nancy Marie Brown’s A Good Horse Has No Color: Searching Iceland for the Perfect Horse enjoys new life as an e-book.
Dame Nora ekes out a medieval flower.
Ephemeral New York spies grotesques on 181st Street.
Makers of the Middle Ages is now available in print.
Steve Muhlberger alerts us to a book about a Tudor minstrel.
Is Edward Bulwer-Lytton mocked for all the wrong reasons?
Bill Peschel uses poet Rupert Brooke to rewrite Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Dylan pens “Ode 2.0,” a charmingly honest poem about social media.
Anna Tambour, connoisseuse of strange fruit, cultivates French crabs.
Benjamin Buchholz quaffs a cup of Khan.
Hats & Rabbits wonders what a science fiction author sees that others don’t.
Steven Hart want to give you the Kindle edition of his well-reviewed New Jersey crime novel.
Writer Beware warily eyes the restored “Poetry.com.”
Kevin at Interpolations is glad he’s no Middlemarch scholar.
First Known When Lost questions poems about poems.
“April,” said Edna St. Vincent Millay, “comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.” In the same giddy spirit, here’s a florilegium of sweet-smelling links.
First Known When Lost sees clouds in poems, poems in clouds.
Julie K. Rose, author of Oleanna, looks at meadows, trysts, and Norwegian identity.
Witan Press, publisher of scholarly medieval e-books, seeks a virtual intern.
Prof Mondo spots a songwriter “at the intersection of Bacchan depravity and commerce.”
George reads In Plato’s Cave, an academic memoir.
Who deserves the Arthur C. Clarke Award? This year, there’s controversy.
Jake Seliger asks: Are you more than a consumer?
Hats & Rabbits pens a parable.
Dr. Beachcombing hails a handlist of adult changelings.
Benjamin Buchholz takes us to Oman, where they still build dhows by hand.
Y.S. Fing reviews a book about the man who invented Ignatius Reilly.
PeteLit finds Beatrix Potter’s bunnies bred from a letter.
Lingwë dabbles in absinthe.
Steve Donoghue, man of a million interests, introduces you to opera.
The Book Haven calls for an end to Orwellian “wars.”
Writer Beware! tells you why small publishers fail.
Stephen Akey reads raw Catullus.
The soil is warming, my garden abounds with daffodils abandoned by the land’s last tenant, and spiffy links blossom wherever you look.
King Alfred calls! Study intensive Latin and Old English online through Bemidji State.
Better Living Through Beowulf teaches Tennyson’s “Ulysses” in retirement.
Michael Drout wonders: So how big was the dragon in Beowulf?
The Cranky Professor spies Abbot Suger at a Coptic funeral.
Spring is here, but Lisa Peet seeks winter tales.
Sam Sacks ponders Frank Kermode, novels, and angels.
As a Linguist utters Irish slang.
Lingwë visualizes The Iliad.
A Momentary Taste of Being concludes that literary criticism is collaborative fiction.
University Diaries imagines what pharmaceuticals do to the poetry of grief.
Interpolations gets why Legends of the Fall is short on dialogue.
Jake Seliger wonders if he’s sufficiently cool for Elmore Leonard.
Steve Donoghue reads the new comic-book take on a Conan tale.
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation launches a new biography.
Prof Mondo won’t let his students write papers on Poe.
Painting and poetry: Anecdotal Evidence notes verse about Wyeths.
D.G. Myers reviews life at 60.
Hats & Rabbits grows gray gracefully.
First Known When Lost finds hedgehogs in poignant places.
On YouTube, Tom O’Bedlam reads “Fairy Tale Logic” by A.E. Stallings.
Dylan pens a fine ghazal: “Opening Act.”
“You say I’m a dreamer; we’re two of a kind,” the Saxon theologian Gottschalk wrote to Frankish abbot Walahfrid Strabo in A.D. 848, “both of us searching for some perfect world we know we’ll never find.” Walahfrid never did convince his friend to spurn his heretical ways, but you’re doubly predestined to enjoy these Tuesday links.
Nora Munro, medievalist, responds to Jonathan Franzen’s e-book quips.
Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat? A.S. Byatt revisits Ragnarok.
Anecdotal Evidence: in praise of swink.
Michael Drout ponders why Tolkien’s writing lends itself to recitation.
Wuthering Expectations discovers Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.
A Poem a Day answers, twice, “How do I become a poet?”
Rose Kelleher blurbs a poetry book about office work.
The Rumpus charts T.S. Eliot’s career in banking.
A decade ago, Cynthia Haven visited Cavafy’s flat in Alexandria.
Now she finds Ivanhoe, edited.
Lingwë explores the roots of “Gandalf.”
Dr. Beachcoming digs up Irish giants.
Bill Peschel remembers Dickens on stage.
Jeff Alessandrelli listens as Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound.
Ephemeral New York hears the call of the South Bronx Lorelei.
Australian fantasist Anna Tambour spins a new tale: “Cardoons.”
The great New Jersey band Gaslight Anthem evokes “The ’59 Sound.”
The sprouts of spring are many weeks away—but let these literary links break through the frost-encrusted soil of your mind.
Michael Drout is amused by the Nobel Tolkien snub, but he also takes it seriously.
Richard Utz finds evidence for the “unique continuity” of medievalism.
The inimitable Dr. Beachcoming reads up on medieval dog-heads.
“From imperial representation to barbarian fortress”: Lost Fort visits Trier.
Sadly, the Ozark Medieval Fortress will likely go un-built.
Brian Murphy seeks the starting line of fantasy.
Bill Peschel reads a much-praised fantasist and wonders what the fuss is all about.
The Sliver Key learns how to stop worrying and appreciate Peter Jackson.
Jason Fisher asks: Is “alright” all right?
(Jason’s Tolkien and the Study of His Sources is also now available for the Kindle.)
Dylan plays familiar verses: “American Pied Beauty.”
University Diaries seeks “verbal consciousness” in poetry.
Clive James praises poetry’s technicians.
First Known When Lost looks for poems about ice skating.
My friend Ephemeral New York discovers a gorgeous mosaic dome.
Patrick Kurp picks poems at a yard sale.
Steve Donoghue travels with Penguins.
Jake Seliger writes about trolls, and attracts them.
The terrific Poetry News in Review has a new home on the Web.
Hats & Rabbits proffers a parable.
Writer Beware advises iBook users to study the fine print.
Bibliographing imagines Tolstoy’s A Christmas Carol.
Steven Riddle reviews The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry.
The Book Haven sees senescence in Stevens, Eliot, and Miłosz.