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Reims Cathedral, jamb figures of saints



Ok, everyone — we’ve all been there. We write articles and books, choosing the best images for our arguments, edit, revise, maybe get some feedback from a friend, make it through the agonies and ecstasies of peer review, and land a publication contract that specifies that “the author is solely responsible for obtaining permissions for […]

Counter-Productivity Break-Out Groups

BABEL 2015: Off The Books Wrapup


The year marked the fourth BABEL Working Group Conference, held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. This was, by many accounts, the best yet. While attendance was reportedly higher than last year’s meeting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the conference felt smaller, more manageable, and more intimate (as the “yearbook” […]

Looking at Gleaning


Several of us have been talking about slow looking, of late, including me, a term that I think probably borrows from the “slow food” movement. I found myself connecting food and art and slowness in my mind, listening, of all things, to a story on NPR about the recent trend toward a sort of postmodern gleaning.