Christ Enthroned, from the Book of Kells

Sacred Objects and Places

This week has been crazier than most, but mostly in a good way. It’s always crazy during Spring Lecture Series week, and this year, the 33rd in the annual series, has certainly kept me going. The lectures have been amazing, the lecturers have been generous, and the UNM Institute for Medieval Studies, headed by Dr. […]

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A circuit-board-inspired drawing of a human brain

The Writing Block

I’ve been having a lot of trouble this weekend. I’m so close to finishing a chapter that it’s really embarrassing that I can’t do it. It’s awful. I spend a lot of time, believe it or not, thinking about Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother suffered through it and I was in the house when her body […]

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Bart Simpson writing the first line of Caedmon's Hymn on the chalkboard repeatedly

Bring Back Memorization

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the ram his […]

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