Lewis Carroll, “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson”, 1875. (by National Media Museum)
Dearly, my delicate Ariel.
We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
"Revised Route Map of Japan" by Nagakubo, Sekisui c. 1775 via UBC Library Digitization Center on Flickr Commons
Writing a short paper about those Glamour of the Allies designs as requested by you, Internet. Returning to my old flame of representations of nation and gender surrounding the First World War, today may be the day I make reference to Hetalia in a paper. I imagine my undergraduate advisor writing scathing margin notes about anime pairings to a once serious student of national identities and modern european history who fell to the temptation of tumblr.
Save my mortal soul.
I went to [Tolkien’s] public lectures. They were absolutely appalling. In those days a lecturer could be paid for his entire course even if he lost his audience, provided he turned up for the first lecture. I think that Tolkien made quite a cynical effort to get rid of us so he could go home and finish writing Lord of the Rings.
"He gave his lectures in a very, very small room and didn’t address us, his audience, at all. In fact he looked the other way, with his face almost squashed up against the blackboard. He spoke in a mutter. His mind was on finishing Lord of the Rings, and he was really musing to himself about the nature of narrative. But I found this so fascinating that I came back week after week, as did one other person. I’ve always wondered what became of him, because he was obviously equally fascinated. And because we stuck there, Tolkien couldn’t go away and write Lord of the Rings! He would say the most marvelous things about the way you take a very basic plot and twitch it here and twitch it there—and it becomes a completely different plot.”
- Diana Wynne Jones, author of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci, the Dalemark quartet, Howl’s Moving Castle, on J. R. R. Tolkien’s lectures.
Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily.
"Who, me?" said Howl. "I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober."
He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it.
His bedroom door did escape him. “What a lie that was!” Howl remarked as he walked into the wall. “My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.”
"When Northampton Borough Council sells Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue at Christie’s for £15.76 million, museum professionals across the UK experience the Kübler-Ross stages of grief…
My ‘favourite’ part is when the council leader noted that “
A lot of people have asked about my process doing research for medievalpoc. I use a lot of resources and tools that are readily available for anyone to use, and this is one of them. There are thousands of manuscripts available to just page through and zoom in on, as if you had the book right in front of you.
If the idea of searching through endless lists of titles and numbers is daunting to you, the Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Collection has a blog.
The blog makes topical posts with images of the manuscripts according to those topics, and then links to the full manuscripts, so you can go looking at them yourself:
They also have a Twitter.
One of the best things about medievalpoc is that I get to see people get excited about art and history, and if you decide you’d like to go exploring, this is a great place to do that. I think the manuscript viewer is relatively user-friendly, and there’s a ton of information about the histories of the manuscripts themselves there, too.