On the Nature of Valhalla

May 6th, 2015|

Aside from Wikipedia, aside from that one Neil Gaiman book American Gods, and aside from the show Vikings on the History channel, I know close to nothing about Odin. The other day, however, as we were watching Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie Valhalla Rising, it occurred to my wife that perhaps the one-eyed protagonist of […]

The Joy of Medieval Studies

February 26th, 2015|

I have it on good authority that the single, most important thing a medievalist realizes is that, yes–the human beings who lived across what seem like vast oceans of time (you know–like that one anonymous dude who wrote Beowulf), actually were as smart as any of us are.  Except the dude who wrote Beowulf was smarter than […]

Hip to Be Numb

December 10th, 2014|

The one thing you have to master before you can be cool as a teenager in the 90’s is the ability to appear numb. You’ve got to be willing to adopt the shrug of indifference toward pretty much everything, you’ve got to have like this sardonic critical distance from enough of your everyday life […]

Back in the Saddle

December 8th, 2014|

It’s time to start again. The last few years have been tumultuous. Barren in terms of artistic or scholarly production, but rife with tectonic-plate-shifting life changes. I could write about those, but ultimately, I’m not interested in using this blog as a platform for thinking about my personal life. Instead, I want to get back […]