Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy Holidays

I have a post about being an academic with children in the works, and one on a minor indicator of the state of Old English and Old Norse studies, but neither is quite done, and actually having children plus end-of-semester plus Christmas has pretty much taken away all free time I might have (in a good way). If something is going to be neglected, it's going to be the blog.

So I hope to have a post in a day or two or at least when the kids get back to school and the grades are turned in.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.

(and I'm particularly happy because I finally managed to get a copy of Ker's Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon! After more than five years of trying! (Now the big question is whether it's worth it to buy the Copus Poeticum Boreale reprint, or a Cleasby-Vigfusson Dictionary, or the Lapidge St. Swithun book... any advice?)


Richard Reitz said...

Would you share a representative list of what a crusty old english professor might keep in his library (for the edification of the dilettantes frequenting your blog)?

theswain said...

I'd get the Cleasby-Vigfusson Dictionary myself. The Lapidge Swithun volume is great stuff, but limited in that its a good resource if you're working on Swithun, Swithun's cult, or the Benedictine Reform. I'd rather have frankly the Lapidge festschrift or the Lapidge Library book, or a subscription to ASE, that's a pricey bit for a grad student to manage.