Category Archives: Medievalia

Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Home Stretch Edition

We have two weeks of class left this semester, followed by finals, with Commencement on 14 May. It’ll be the first one I’ve attended in a couple of years, as the college attempted to reduce indoor crowds during the height … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: What Long Weekend? Edition

As is my custom, I’m in my office this afternoon, listening to music and gearing up for another week of classes. While some schools (including Mrs. M’s) are off tomorrow, such is not the case here at Mondoville. Indeed, we … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day Potpourri

It’s 7:30 p.m. as I start this post, but with the Standard Time sunset and an afternoon meeting, it feels much later in the day. But even though “the night cometh, when no man can work,” that doesn’t mean a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: 55 in the Rearview Edition

Today is the last day of my 55th trip around the sun. Shortly before I wake up tomorrow morning, I’ll hit 56. Eight years ago today, I was driving home to Mondoville after the conclusion of my brother’s trial, and … 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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Sunday Potpourri: From my Office at the Buggy-Whip Factory

I’m in my office this afternoon, listening to Frijid Pink’s psychedelicized version of “House of the Rising Sun,” which manages to owe a lot to Cream while edging into what we would eventually recognize as heavy metal. In the meantime… … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: Whistling Past the Graveyard Edition

Thomas Nashe (late 1567 – ca. 1601) was an Elizabethan poet, playwright, pamphleteer, and controversialist. He co-wrote the lost Isle of Dogs with Ben Jonson, and is credited with The Choice of Valentines (also known colloquially as “Nashe’s Dildo”), an interesting example … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: Happy New (Academic) Year Edition

So Year 17 of my Mondoville career began this week, with a little more attendant scrambling than usual. Still, I have the urge to write, so here we are. *** I have a weirdly unbalanced schedule this term. In the … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Giant

David Bevington, one of the world’s leading scholars of early English drama, died on Friday, 2 Aug. He was 88 years old. While he is best known for his Shakespearean studies (I use his edition of the Complete Works for my classes, and … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Leaves a Very Small Mark, and Is Content

A few minutes ago, I was looking to see if a story I wrote many years ago is still available online (It is, but it takes some digging, as the webzine no longer appears to be active. And there’s another one … Continue reading

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