…And I still miss Paris. I know I have posted this before…but still…I miss Paris.
Mount Grace (by zach.stone)
Whew. In the end stages of grad applications. At the moment, I am winding down a project that started a year ago regarding a particular manuscript of Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ- a late medieval best seller. Love wrote the devotional harmony while prior of Mount Grace, the Yorkshire Charterhouse (Carthusian Order). This is a picture of Mount Grace today (near Northallerton, North Riding, Yorkshire). The manuscript I am working with, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 131, is a pretty strange example of the text. Copied in a Northern idiom (c. Thorne in the West Riding), it is one of the few copies of Love’s Mirror that expresses Northern dialectical features and includes other texts. Anyhow, its fun to work with because it also includes the name of its scribe and enough details about him to reconstruct a picture of his life, which I find quite neat.
Golden Dusk (by zach.stone)
Probably posted this before, but I am still glad that I will spend tonight in Paris…
Notre Dame at Night (by zach.stone)
Ah, Paris. Very glad I will spend the night of 31 Oct on the Isle St. Louis.
Sacred Heart (by zach.stone)
Can’t remember if I have posted this but it is one of my favorites from Paris. Taken from my sister’s roof. Oh to be back in Paris. Perhaps being dead broke I imagine: ‘Zach, what would be the best place to be dead broke in?’ and the answer is easy: Paris.
The saints go marching in (by zach.stone)
St. Augustine’s tomb in Pavia. Directly below is St. Boethius’ tomb.
Saints of Magdalen (by zach.stone)
Magdalen’s chapel is one of my favorites. Here it is catching the last little bit of light.
Oxford Movement (by zach.stone)
St. Barnabas Church in Oxford
Chester @ St. Barnabas (by zach.stone)
Last week an Oxford troup directed by Carla Neuss put on the Chester Mystery Cycle at St. Barnabas Church in Jericho. St. Barnabas is my favorite church in Oxford, if only for its flat rejection of Oxford Gothicism in favor of an Eastern levity. It, incidentally, is also the only true ‘High Church’ I have atteneded that manages to pull off the liturgy w/o seeming like twats or excessively self congratulatory. The Chester Cycle is one of the more famous medieval mystery plays, and Carla’s crew did an amazing job with the language and what had to be an exhausting production given the small cast. This seen is, obviously, the trial of Jesus. It was amazing the uninteneded but implied theological parrallels that the play forgrounded by simply double and triple casting actors and making use of the church’s own geography of piety. If you missed it you missed out.
PS, it was free.
Anonymous asked: You are the reason people have fantasies about librarians while spending inordinate amounts of time in the stacks.
If a person is stuck in the stacks fantasizing about librarians, I’m assuming it’s because they can’t find their book and need help real...
It takes an ocean not to break.
“Poetry must resemble prose, and both must accept the vocabulary of their time.”— William Butler Yeats on modern poetry in a rare 1936 BBC recording.