September 30th, 2008

LOTR/Road Goes Ever

"Wrinkle crisp lines in the September air"

Happy birthday to a terrific gentleman, vaklam. May you have a great day and many more to come, my friend!

In other news...

* I have accepted an invitation to be a visiting expert at J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Real and the Imagined Middle Ages, an institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that will be held during Summer 2009 at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. The LiveJournal community for this institute is lotr_middleages. My fellow visiting experts include such luminaries in the field as Douglas A. Anderson and Verlyn Flieger, so needless to say I am honored to have been invited to participate by Co-Director robin_anne_reid, and I am quite looking forward to my involvement.

* John Granger's new book The Deathly Hallows Lectures is now available. The book explores the meaning of Harry Potter and, more specifically, the series finale. If you're a serious reader of the Rowling books, or you know someone who is, you'll want to check this out!

* For the month of October, The Hog’s Head will be reading and discussing one H.P. Lovecraft story a week. Learn more here! This will be great fun both for Lovecraft devotees and those new to Lovecraft's work.

It's coming soon.... My Halloween countdown begins tomorrow! See you there.

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"Tangled branches of
Shadowy hair
Wrinkle crisp lines
In the September air.

Black robins bobbing,
Dig out
From summer coarsen throats
A solitary song."
- Charlotte Ballard, "The Maple Dances"