Audiobooks are my e-books. … Audiobooks take the content from a novel and turn it into something else - something I can use when I can’t read a novel. That’s what these e-book readers seem to miss. I want to search text, transform it, cut and paste it, and listen to it. If I want to sit and read it, I’ll go with the actual book. They’re about fifty times cheaper, more durable (do you think you can read a Kindle if you bury it in the mud for 1000 years?), and far more lovable than some plastic box with a bunch of buttons on it.

Ethiopian Manuscripts

Saint with 2 swords


Saint on horseback stabbing dragon


Mary with baby Jesus


Alwan Codex 2 - Psalter - early 20th century



2 versions of man playing harp


Left: Alwan Codex 2; Right: Alwan Codex 28



Christ on the cross


Saint on horse stabbing dragon


Alwan Codex 28 - Commentary on the Praises of
Mary and Gate of Light, Amharic - 20th century.




man on horseback stabbing dragon


Alwan Codex 27 - Psalter - 19th/20th centuries




seated man with 2 children and page of ge'ez text


Eliza Codex 17 - Gospel of John; Horologium of Abba Giyorgis
for the night hours, incomplete - 16th and 18th centuries (composite)



Jesus flanked by 2 men and page of ge'ez text



Ethiopian Manuscripts

Talk to the face

An editorial in a college newspaper recently suggested that college faculty join Facebook as a way to show their desire “to connect with” students. The editors gamely suggest academic benefits: chances to create assignments that focus on what students are “already interested in” and to find “examples” (of what?) that students will recognize.

I’m always interested in showing the relevance of the works I teach, but it’s a professor’s responsibility to enlarge a student’s understanding of…


Talk to the face

Oh My God!

Diary won the National Book Award!!!!

Sherman accepting the award in NYC last night:

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Sherman and I exchanged quick emails last night. Me: “I’m so happy and proud! You must be out of your mind!!!” Sherman: “And to you too crazy crazy crazy”

Wow!!


Oh My God!