Thursday, August 11, 2005

Maybe I should just rename it Necronomicon...

Over the past couple of years I have given some conference papers that included work from, and made references to, How Tradition Works. After these conferences, a few people--often graduate students--have come up to me, asked me when the book was coming out and if they could get a copy. I've obligingly gone home, printed up a copy of the manuscript, photocopied it double sided, bound it, and mailed it off.

Not a single person who has received one of these copies has ever commented on it. I've never heard from most of them ever again.

Does this mean that the book is so bad that no one can stand to read it?

Is it so bad that people are embarrassed and don't want to tell me?

No. That couldn't be.

Maybe the book drives everyone who reads it stark raving mad.

N'ghai, y-nyah, y-nyah! N'ghaa, n'n'ghai, waf'l pthaghn -- Yog-Sothoth! Yog Sothoth! ....

(is this why my galleys haven't arrived yet?)

5 comments:

Frank said...

*hehehehe* There ARE things Man should simply not know, Dr. Drout!

Lisa Spangenberg said...

Send me a file (you don't even have to print it!) and I'll respond--I'll even blog a review.

Scott Eric Kaufman said...

I'd love to read it, as I'm currently at work on a dissertation about evolutionary theory...and the wife wouldn't mind reading it either, since she's a medievalist. (Although she focuses on the 14th century.) In fact, this sounds like one of the few monographs that we both would enjoy and benefit from reading. If you'd like, I could read it and review it on the Valve for you. We average around 5,000 hits/day, so a review's bound to generate some real intellectual engagement with your work. Feel free to email me if you're interested.

Erik said...

Count me in for wanting a copy. The more I can get on Ælfric and the Benedictine reforme, the better!

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