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”

In the Image of Dog He Created Them…

We’ve all heard the theory that people look like their pets (or is it vice versa?), and we’ve all seen the uncanny photos, like these featured in the popular listicle website, Buzzfeed (oh dear, number 23…) (As an aside: I joke that it’s because of this resemblance theory that I adopted a greyhound—it was a weight-lossContinue reading “In the Image of Dog He Created Them…”

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”

The Perils of Wisdom: Vile-Hearted Renaissance Peckerhead of the Month, March

Have you ever met one of those peckerheads who’s almost too pathetic for so robust an insult?  The kind of guy who doesn’t want to do bad things, but would be okay with it if bad things happened to people he didn’t like?* Our Vile-Hearted Renaissance Peckerhead for March** is that guy. His name wasContinue reading “The Perils of Wisdom: Vile-Hearted Renaissance Peckerhead of the Month, March”