Slammed by the Standard

Hey, nice attack piece in the Weekly Standard on medievalists and Kalamazoo — best of all, it includes a personal swipe at my panel. Whoo hoo: The blowout, or perhaps the reductio ad absurdum, of these scholarly endeavors was Session 531 on Sunday morning, “Medieval Masculinities on Film.” That session featured four separate papers: yet…

Monster Folk

The monster folk are organized! See their blog — join their ranks. This may be a new land speed record for acceleration from idea to committee. Partly this is due to the early deadline for Kazoo session proposals (tomorrow). I’ve already faxed off mine for Medieval Popular Culture.

And home again…

Saturday is often a comedy of errors at Kalamazoo: the best laid plans, etc. Don’t trust me: lots of medievalists blog about the ‘Zoo. I had dinner plans, but they relied upon catching up with other people. In between, I met up with one of my panelists at the wine hour and tried to find…

Zoo Life

If you could get them to time it right, the geese make an excellent alarm. They fly to the top of the dorms and honk for all they’re worth — or at least the ones I saw this morning did. Imagine calling the desk to ask for a 8am goose call (be careful what you…

More Zoo Stories

I saw a little brown bunny on my walk to get tea this morning, just nibbling beside the sidewalk. That’s Kalamazoo: birds and fish and bunnies and squirrels — and all the medievalists you can shake a stick at (if that’s your idea of a good time). It must be a reflection of how long…

From the ‘Zoo

Hey kids — we’re in the ‘zoo now. Well, at present I’m in the computer lab at WMU like a bunch of other medieval geeks typing away. I got to Detroit yesterday with no problems. Our plane was so empty I stretched out and went to sleep across the three seats. Once I got to…

Insert Dramatic "Noooooo!"

I pulled a Sunday 8am panel at Kalamazoo. At least I’m only presiding, not speaking, but argh! After the Saturday night dance, Sunday panels are killer — you’re tired and there’s often little audience. Sigh.

Kazoo in the Chronicle

This week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education has the story on the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. Perilous Cheryl tells me that there are, alas, no pictures of me or Miss Wendy, but it should be interesting to see the write up. She’s also kindly offered to send me the article as we have…