In an 8th-century poem by Alcuin, an aged shepherd decries winter as rerum prodigus atrox, a “terrible squanderer of wealth,” but spiky-haired, personified Winter defends himself by listing his seasonal pleasures: feasting, resting, and a warm fire at home. To that list, I’d only add: terrific links about books, medievalism, history, and poems.
Cynthia Haven (mostly) likes the BBC’s “Hollow Crown” retelling of Shakespeare.
Tolkien scholar Jason Fisher enjoyed The Desolation of Smaug.
Arrant Pedantry enjoyed the pronunciation of /smaug/.
Nancy Marie Brown is writing a book about the Lewis Chessmen.
Burnable Books debunks words not invented by Shakespeare.
Marly Youmans unveils seven new, myth-infused poems.
Dylan pens a ghazal about coffee.
Stanford hosts a “code poetry slam.”
Diana Seneschal rescues Wordsworth from a Common Core lesson gone wrong.
When it comes to English departments, George notes that today’s liberation may stultify tomorrow.
In Rome, the Cranky Professor finds a lot of scaffolding.
Bill Peschel remembers Peter O’Toole as a writer.
Steve Muhlberger is “ensorcelled” by the study in intimacy (or lack thereof) that is the BBC’s “Sherlock.”
Kevin is ambivalent about Apple’s new Walt Whitman adverts.
Six Words for a Hat reads Dickens with Ruskin in mind.
The Box Elder offers a meditation on the death of trees.
Cancer, baggage, marriage proposals! Asking Anna, a novel by my friend Jake Seliger, is out.