On the Road and Reading

I’m doing a bit of traveling during my fall break, visiting family and friends and doing a bit of reading during the downtime. But while I’m at it, I want to tell you about another book you should add to your reading list.

Friend of the blog, medievalist, and writer Jeff Sypeck (proprietor of Quid Plura) has done a bunch of good things, and has bundled them into one Good Thing. Over the last several months, he has written a series of poems in the voices of the gargoyles adorning the National Cathedral. He works in a wide variety of forms with wit, skill, and panache, and has now compiled the poems into a single volume, called Looking Up: Poems from the National Cathedral Gargoyles.

But here’s the Good Thing part: Not being one to bind the mouths of the kine that tread the grain, Jeff is donating 75% of his collection’s profits to a fund for the restoration of his muses, the gargoyles, many of whom were damaged by the DC earthquake some months back. You may buy the book here, or you may read Jeff’s discussion of it here. Either way, the gargoyles could use the help, and I’d bet you could use a bit of whimsy.


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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3 Responses to On the Road and Reading

  1. I used to live in the DC area and would visit the Nation Cathedral, often. There is a wonderful book of prose about one of the gargoyles, but I can’t seem to find it on my bookshelf, to tell you the name.

    I hope he has great success with the book.

  2. profmondo says:

    Hey, Brian — thanks for dropping by, and don’t be a stranger!

  3. Jeff says:

    Thanks for these kind words, Prof (and Brian!). This book is the ultimate niche project–formal, local, self-published, medieval-inspired, print only–so I’m extremely grateful for the support.

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