This weekend, the End is finally upon us. At least, that’s what some outspoken would-be prophets are saying about one upcoming astronomical event on September 27, 2015: the first occurrence in over thirty years of a total lunar eclipse of a supermoon. (The last eclipse like this occurred in 1982, the next is set to occur in 2033.) One […]

Recently, because of my new commute, I found and have been listening to the backlog of episodes of the WNYC podcast Note to Self (formerly New Tech City). According to the show’s website, “Host Manoush Zomorodi talks with everyone from big name techies to elementary school teachers about the effects of technology on our lives, in a quest for the smart choices […]

My article “Psalm 151 in Anglo-Saxon England” has been accepted for publication in the Review of English Studies. This essay presents the first sustained examination of the apocryphal psalm in early England, focusing on manuscript witnesses and the two extant Old English gloss translations. Below are the abstract and introduction to the article. The Psalms were a central aspect of […]

In the June 8 issue of The New Yorker, a story appeared by Robyn Creswell (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale) and Bernard Haykel (Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton) about reading the poetry of Muslim extremists (known as ISIS) in order to understand them. The tagline of the article suggests, “Want to understand the jihadis? […]

CFP: Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) May 12-15, 2016 Preaching Texts in Early England: Homiletics and Beyond For over ten years at the ICMS, the Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics has thrived in its aims to promote scholarship […]

I recently had the pleasure of reading Kathleen E. Kennedy’s Medieval Hackers (Brooklyn, NY, 2014)–available in both paperback and an open access ebook through punctum books–and want to offer a brief review here. In short: I recommend this book, which should appeal to a wide audience of medievalists, early modernists, media studies specialists, as well as those interested in the […]

Last July, I posted a translation of Ælfric of Eynsham‘s Old English Preface to Genesis for the benefit of those interested in a modern rendering. Since then, I’ve been overwhelmingly pleased by the attention it’s garnered–over 1,300 views as of this posting! In the same spirit, I’m now posting my translation of Ælfric’s Libellus de Veteri Testamento et Novi (Little […]