February 10th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

Microfilm!

Usually a microfilm doesn't warrant an exclamation mark, but this one does, since it's my very first one. It's an image of a later edition of the poem I was trying to track down back in November, this one ordered from the Marciana. Between the two editions, I should be able to make reasonable decipherment of the text.

I spent an hour browsing the Dante section of the main library. It's good to have an excuse to work on something Dantesque again, but being in that row of books reminded me - like Shakespeare, Dante isn't a subject, he's a discipline unto himself. I'll need to consult my undergraduate advisor as to which translation to quote from. I need a good, authoritative, respected, scholarly English translation, since I don't want to presume everyone on my committee reads Italian.

A flurry of snow came and went and came back again today. Tonight's meant to be bitterly cold and very windy. I'm glad I'm indoors.