EuroSlayage or “Sometimes Being a Nerd With Your Friend Results in a PhD”

July 18th, 2016

In 2009 I attended and presented at my first ever academic conference. My very good friend and co-bartender Ian Klein had suggested we co-write a paper about Firefly’s Shepherd Book and issues of fundamentalism, atonement and atheism for an academic conference on popular culture. When I said yes, I had no idea it would become […]

Ding Dong Merrily! Music Gifting

December 12th, 2014

Yeah- I know. Where’s my blog? In my brain. Not on my bulletin board. To everything a season. And though the past two years haven’t quite been a consistent blogging season, it is right now the season of CHRISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I’ve got a few thematic playlists I would like to gift, but I’ll start with just […]

The Daisy Chain or Trial by Tractarian Fiction

April 8th, 2014

The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle by Charlotte Mary Yonge My rating: 2 of 5 stars I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlotte Yonge text were 1) she’s […]

Symposia Twin Peaka

March 16th, 2013

[No significant spoilers in this post. Everything shown or discussed was done before anyone knew who killed Laura Palmer.] Last fall a few of us postgrads living in Deans Court decided to watch David Lynch’s groundbreaking 90’s TV drama Twin Peaks. Only one of our cohort had seen it and that had been twenty years […]

Almost Ready To Start

September 21st, 2012

I won’t really be starting work till next week, but I started moving into my research office tonight. The Roundel is the research base for Divinity Postgrads (St Mary’s is the Divinity school within the University of St Andrews). The building dates from the 1500’s, and is named for the tower that juts out onto […]

First St Andrews Pier Walk

September 16th, 2012

Today was the first University of St Andrews Pier Walk of the 2012-2013 year. The traditional pier walk follows service at St Salvator’s, the University Chapel. A few of us from Deans Court arrived plenty early to guarantee seats in the chapel. The grounds at St Salvators The organ loft Undergrads wear red robes (which […]

I’m Somewhere Else

September 11th, 2012

I arrived in St Andrews, Scotland yesterday. When I took my first wee walk around yesterday, the words that kept running through my head were “Holy Fucking Shit.” Colorful language, yes, but I guess that’s the voice awe speaks in my head. Here’s a few pics of what I know thus far. This is my […]