essays & commentaries & other texts

Cheese scones are my madeleines

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Ceci n’est pas l’apprentissage littéraire

Or: why I don’t write book reviews. (more…)

#innovation: the soundtrack

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On the naming of things

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Once upon a time, there was a knight called Sir Topiass who turned into a tree… and then into something else…

On Saturday, the Obrienaternal household paid one of its occasional visits to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, one of Vancouver’s vegetative delights, for some leisurely herboriser. (more…)

AcciDEntal SCROTUS: allegory is all around when medievalising moDErn French teaching

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Christine de Pizan, “Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc”

All images in this post: London, British Library, Harley MS 4431 (Christine de Pizan, but not her Joan of Arc)

As promised in the previous post, here is a PDF facing-column text: Christine de Pizan on Joan of Arc, (more…)