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Sunday at Kalamazoo

The papers in "Science and Technology in the Medieval Romance" were unified by discussions of humoral theory, as applied to romantic and non-romantic interactions in medieval romances. Both papers presented close readings of parts of romances in enlightening ways. Hot women are manly women.

I joined S.W. and A-from-London for a bit of superficial, last minute book browsing of the last morning's heavy discounts. Fifty percent off the used book price of the book on the Venetian mint was enough to get me to buy it. Peanut butter and jelly: a comfort food lunch, exotic (and thought unfortunate) in the UK.

And then everyone left. Postered came down. Desks were cleaned. Paperwork processed. Booths shut down. I loitered and talked to Karl the Grouchy Medievalist and others. The weirdest moment was when a woman sat down to join us, introducing herself as the financial manager of two Amsterdam brothels and proceeded to go into further detail on union regulations. I'm not kidding. At least I couldn't understand what she was saying once she switched to Dutch. Eventually I went out to dinner with K.DV and some long-time 'Zoo friends of his at the Olde Peninsula brew pub in town, and an academic press bought us dinner. It was a productive meal.

Trivia from various conference days: For the first time in my entire life, I met another Sha(i)na.* I went to a paper whose problematicness was further confirmed by use of that dreaded phrase "throughout history".

* Not to think less of those of you I've met who have it as a middle name or last name variant, but this is what she is generally called as a first name. It was exciting.


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May. 8th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
My co-worker thinks that peanut butter in combination with anything sweet is verging on abomination. Since she likes Marmite I take her opinion with a grain of salt.

Myself, I indulge in PB&J fairly regularly these days because, hey, it's protein and it TASTES GOOD! Although I confess to *loving* sugary, hydrogenated Jif or Skippy rather than the rather healthier peanut butters that I can get at Asda.
May. 8th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
I quite cheerfully eat peanut butter and sweet substances -- indeed, I had it on toast with jam last night. And yet I am both very British and moderately fond of Marmite. I have no idea what that says, if anything, beyond the obvious. <:)
May. 8th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
Brothel Union Regulations...

Apparently this is somehow related to Medieval Studies...

May. 9th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
I can't help you with the relevance either.
May. 8th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
It sounds like it was a very rewarding and entertaining weekend. As an occasional Baron Munchausen player (I've met the author a couple of times), I particularly like the idea of the Pseudo Society.

And apropos of not very much, I used to live next door to a lass named Shana. She and her family were from the Caribbean and her father was apparently an influential reggae artist whose name, I am embarrassed to admit, I cannot recall.
May. 9th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
I have heard of a great many Shanas in my life. I've always know they were out there. I've met their fathers, boyfriends, cousins, and friends - but never a Real Live One until now.
May. 9th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'd surmised the lack of contact was limited to people who actually used the name in question. Clearly, with the first name of Paul, it's never really been an issue for me -- there were five of us in my form during high school. :)
May. 8th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Please tell me it was a grad student paper??? But then, we'd have to kill the advisor (was it a History paper?). OTOH, Goffart used "medieval times" in his lecture ...
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May. 9th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: Sweeping historicism
May. 9th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes. It was a grad student paper.

Film Studies
May. 9th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Well, that explains it all, dunnit?
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