My colloquium in Indianapolis went very well, although I was shaken awake on Friday morning by an earthquake that registered 5.2 or 5.4 (depending on which account you read) on the Richter Scale. Security cameras showed the downtown buildings in Indianapolis swaying -- and yes, I was on the seventeenth floor of one of them!
Tomorrow I'm off to Cleveland to participate in my last conference of the month, a colloquium which focuses on the political thought of Jacques Maritain and Christopher Dawson. I'll be online to a limited degree while I'm in Ohio, and then I'll be back on Sunday.
In the meantime, here are a few links of interest:
* There is a great Q&A with Lois McMaster Bujold regarding her forthcoming book The Sharing Knife: Passage (the third installment of the Sharing Knife story) at Fantasy Book Critic.
* PotterCast: The Harry Potter Podcast has devoted an entire show to the court case between J.K. Rowling/Warner Bros. and RDR Books. Members of the podcast attended the trial and offer firsthand accounts of the proceedings.
* In honor of Earth Day, Revolution Science Fiction has a countdown list of Apocalypses: The Best Worst Things To Happen To Earth.
* And, last but not least, my students are currently studying J.R.R. Tolkien's influence on world music, which brings two not-exactly-serious YouTube videos to mind. So, for your amusement...
*** A fan video for The Great Luke Ski's Eminem parody "Stealing Like a Hobbit"
*** The Lords of the Rhymes' rap "The Lords of the Rhymes" (with a cameo by Leonard Nimoy)
"There is another world, but it is in this one."
—W. B. Yeats