Friday, May 30, 2008

Sometimes it's hard to think

I have a headache. I think it may be due to the sudden change in the weather. It's much warmer and much more humid today that it has been yet this year. Those sorts of barometric and other meteorological changes always seem to give me headaches.

Anyway, it's making it awfully hard to think about things like miscellaneity and mercantile masculinity -- the kinds of things I'm thinking about these days. It's especially hard to read articles and other texts with lots of manuscript descriptions and list of contents and lists of colorless and unmemorable manuscript numbers and other rather dry information. (You know, if I pursue the giant miscellaneous manuscript project that I'm thinking of pursuing -- one that will take me across two centuries of miscellanies and commonplace books and god knows how many archives and libraries -- I think I may start giving the manuscripts my own names. You know, like Fred. Or Rita. Or Gertrude.)

So I'm going to take some ibuprofen for the headache, and forge through some more note-taking for a another hour. And then I'm taking off early and joining "the girls" for a ridiculously frivolous girls'-night-out of pedicures, cocktails, and the Sex and the City Movie. I'm not even a big fan of Sex and the City, but I'm strangely looking forward to this -- I've even got a good outfit to wear, though the pedicurist is going to be horrified by my marathoning feet. They always are. I definitely do not have Manolo-worthy feet.

OK, back to the scholarly stuff for now. And then, frippery and finery!

Yes, I have been more open about what I do in this post than usual. That's the confidence of tenure talking there. That's about as "out" as I ultimately decided to get on this blog.


Anonymous said...

Do the miscellany project! Please do the miscellany project! I want to read it. Please.

... That is all.

Sisyphus said...

That's some lovely alliteration of Ms you got there. I'm a sucker for alliterative topics myself.

highlyeccentric said...

ohoh, sounds like fun!

Please, for the love of god, if you give your manuscripts nice names or sigla, or whatever it be for your personal use, give them something related to the actual MS title when you go to write about them... Nothing worse than trying to untangle what MSS A through to Z are, particularly if you're only reading one chapter from a whole work.

TheCrankyProfessor said...

The Manolo will not judge your feet! Though he might suggest something closed-toed?

What Now? said...

Like Sisyphus, I was immediately taken with the alliteration of "miscellaneity and mercantile masculinity." Hmmm. Maybe I'll take alliteration into consideration when choosing my next project.

medieval woman said...

I love the idea of giving your mss names - "Gertrude is a mid-to-late fifteenth-century miscellaneous codex, she likes long walks on the beach and great homemade guacomole, Pices Virgo rising..."

Hope the headache gets better!