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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."

Sunday Potpourri: Concerto for Prof and Orchestra

I’m in the office this afternoon, copying departmental boilerplate into my syllabus. I’ve been on something of an orchestral music kick for the past couple of days. Friday and yesterday were Henry Kimball Hadley; this afternoon it’s Ralph Vaughan Williams. … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Not Quite New Year’s Eve, Reading, and Fictioneering

The first bunch of students — the football team — arrived on campus yesterday, and I think I saw some more new arrivals as I walked into my office this afternoon. Classes start in a couple of weeks, and I … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Sunday at the Office, and a Musical Ghost Story

Welcome to August, gang! I’ll be back in the classroom in 22 days, with three FroshComps and my Age of Johnson class this term. It seems that we’ll be masked, at least for a while, which in turn means that … Continue reading

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, by Prof. Mondo, Age 55

I’m back in my office in Mondoville, after spending a week in Terpville visiting the Spawn and her Main Squeeze. It was the first time that Mrs. M and I had gotten together with the girls since Christmas, and was … Continue reading

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Monday Afternoon Potpourri: Mondoville’s Wild Kingdom

Turned in my summer grades yesterday, and I’m trying to clear my head of the unpleasantness that marked Teaching in the Time of Corona, preparatory to re-entering the classroom this fall. As part of the head-clearing, I spent part of … Continue reading

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“Far from the Mandarin Crowd.”

I’ve mentioned this before, but academically speaking, I’m something of a dinosaur. A leading figure in my field read my dissertation in 2002, and said that it would have been state-of-the-art forty years earlier. She didn’t mean it as an … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day, 2021

No, our nation isn’t perfect — nor will it be, as it’s made up of people. But its promise is greater than that of the nations that preceded it, and it’s still the place where much of the world dreams … Continue reading

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There But For The Grace of God…

… Go I. I’ll be honest enough to acknowledge that I am less a collector than an accumulator, staying a tiny bit of serotonin and a long-suffering wife from being a hoarder. Having said that, I’ll say that I came … Continue reading

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Merry Blockmas!

Yes, it’s Mr. B’s 83rd birthday, and it’s also the publication/shipping date for A Writer Prepares, his memoir of his apprenticeship as a writer, from his teen years to the publication of the first Evan Tanner novel. Yes, he’s received … Continue reading

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So It’s Father’s Day. . .

. . . but the Spawn is still in Terpville, where she and the Main Squeeze are visiting MS’s folks. And that’s okay — I’ve already received an HFD text and will have a Discord chat with her this evening, … Continue reading

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