Much Ado About Doodles

One of the best things about being an independent scholar (whatever that term means) is that my enthusiasms are no longer policed by the academy. Note: Which is not to say that academics are unenthusiastic about their topics. It’s a truism that academics have a proprietary relationship–well, really, they fall in love with–the subjects ofContinue reading “Much Ado About Doodles”

Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins

I recently returned from a trip to the UK, and between cathedrals and castles and museums, I worried my jaw would freeze from all of the gawping. And I wondered: do most Americans feel a bit “Hee-Haw” when traveling? Exacerbating this feeling is that I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American West Coaster.  I grew up in theContinue reading “Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins”

Vile-Hearted Renaissance Peckerhead of the Month–October

Happy Hallowe’en!  During this time of unwitting mimicry of ancient ceremony and conjuration of forgotten powers, it seems only appropriate to venture into the world of Renaissance magic for this month’s “Peckie” (short for “Peckerhead,” of course). *** Adopting an alias.  Speaking with angels.  Wife-swapping.  If October’s “Renaissance Peckerhead of the Month” nominee Edward KelleyContinue reading “Vile-Hearted Renaissance Peckerhead of the Month–October”