The Dissertation Fellowship convenes.

The Importance of Fellowship

Absolutely no one is shocked to hear that I’m a complete nerd. I even hang out with nerds. It’s kind of hard not to do that anymore, to be utterly frank, since it has become acceptable to admit that you’re a nerd about something. Of course, I’m not just a nerd about something. I’m a nerd about almost […]

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A hole in a manuscript page shows the page below it.

Something Missing…

You know what I don’t seem to talk about much on my blog, which I’ve titled “The Digital Medieval”? No, no…if you look at the archives, I talk about digital crap all the time. What I don’t talk about nearly enough is medieval stuff, and there’s a reason for that. I’m not saying it’s a […]

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This is me trying to write

The Importance of Feedback

First off, this is not the kind of post that complains about a faculty member who doesn’t get back with feedback soon enough. I don’t work with faculty who are like that for one, and the other is that there are better places to air such grievances besides a blog that no one reads. More […]

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A big steaming bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Recovery and Writing

Well, I’m home. I’ve actually been home for almost two weeks now, actually, but when you lock yourself in an aluminum tube with over 200 other humans who’ve been who knows where doing who knows what, well…fizzy tabs of vitamin C only go so far. I don’t think that I’ve been as sick as I […]

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Liquid damage evident in the opening pages of the Exeter Book

What It’s Like to Touch the Past

I know that some folks don’t quite get the attraction. Old, dusty books aren’t everyone’s bag and I get that. Old, dusty books in languages that no one speaks anymore are even worse. That’s why when I tell people that I got to work with Exeter Dean & Chapter MS 3501 last week, I usually make […]

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A Parliament of Fowls