Mr Pond in Print

or, Whence Friday?

I’m not sure how the week’s over already, but I’m not complaining. Two big deadlines to whack through, as well as designing the next issue of Unsettling Wonder, and spending most of today working on a Secret Project which will be announced soon, and involves grapefruit.

I guess that all adds up to mean it’s link week at Paradoxes, since we’ll end as we began: with two links that will enrich your life, or mind, or soul, or at least be something like vaguely interesting.

As the title promised, I just had an academic article published this week, co-authored with Joshua Richards. It’s in the new volume of VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, which should be of interest to any and all who like one of the seven author the journal focuses on, e.g. Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. The article we’ve written is called “The Dantean Tradition in George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind,” and it does what it says on the tin, really. We offer a close textual reading of how MacDonald uses the Commedia in his children’s book.
It’s a doozy, that’s all I can say. Not available online, but you can buy the issue here.

Also, yet a bit more about DARE: Language Log reported this week that the Dictionary of American Regional English has got a new lease on life and has raised money they need to start work on their hugely important digital edition. Victory for crowd-funding? No, not really—they got several hundred thousand from UW-Madison, the American Dialect Society, and an anonymous donor. Confirming my general suspicion that the next great wave of the future is patronage. The funds they have really aren’t that much for a project of this enormity, though, so if you can donate anything, do.

There you go—four links when I promised you two. The service here, I’m telling ya.


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