Sunday, March 6, 2016

at work

I've been in the stage described in Tom Lehrer's "Lobachevsky" as "And then I write / by morning, night / and afternoon," except that I'm not plagiarizing anybody except myself. I'm writing about something that struck me in the gut when I came across it in the Tolkien papers when I was researching at the Bodleian 18 years ago. And then after it was published a few years later, I could finally write about it, but apart from mangling it up in an apa discussion some years ago and then giving my ideas at a conference last year, I never have until now. It's the perfect opportunity: a chance to honor the scholar who brought the stuff to light.

As of 10 pm last night I finally have something submittable.

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