Archive for August 10th, 2006

As The Nebuly Coat continues, the podcast presenter warns the listener that, in 1901, certain phrases simply meant “saying sweet nothings and pressing one’s suit”.

Chapter 3


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As The Nebuly Coat continues, Westray finds shelter in The Hand of God.

And you thought that Grimes chick had weird pub names!

Chapter 2


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After all the technical difficulties with archive.org and WordPress, let’s see if this works.

Gerusalemme Liberata is a fictionalized version of the Crusades. Godfrey of Bouillon is on a mission from God to free Jerusalem from the oppressive foreign regime which holds it. He’s got a few good men like Tancredi, a few good teenagers like Rinaldo, and even a few good battlemaids.

Book 1

It’s fifty miles to Jerusalem, it’s bright outside, and they’re wearing helmet visors. Let’s go!


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We’re going to be making a few temporary schedule changes here at Maria Lectrix. The big one is that I’m moving Mystery Thursdays to Friday, for various logistical reasons.

For the next twenty or so Thursdays, we’ll be going on Crusade with Godfrey of Bouillon in Tasso’s epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem Freed). It’s one of the three great Italian epic poems, dang it! Yet even fewer people read it than the Orlando stuff. The public domain translation is pretty interesting, too. I think.

Since Mr. Sponge has finished his Tour, I’m going to have Tuesdays free again. I’d like to read some hot-off-the-Gutenberg H. Beam Piper as a present for my younger brother, who’s a Piper fan; but I’ll try to put up some diverse stuff there as well. (Sorta like I do with my Fatherly Wednesdays.)

After we finish out Lucan’s Pharsalia on Mondays, I’m going to make that a day for more short stories. Sometimes the podcast seems to be turning into a way for me to work my way through big books I’ve been meaning to read, but that’s not fair to my listeners, who seem to prefer short stories to all else.

(That said, somebody should start a daily City of Godcast. I’d listen to that.)
Since Archive.org is too busy to let me upload at the moment (they’re doing some kind of reorganization, I understand), I will temporarily host Part 1 of Gerusalemme at my site. As soon as Archive.org recovers, I’ll upload and change the URL here. Please expect some slowness from Archive.org (and hence all my podcast files) today.
From now on, I’m going to try to read Lucan’s Pharsalia with more attention to the translation’s iambic pentameter. That meter is rudely shouldered through in our day, and I’m sorry to say that I’m being part of the problem instead of the solution. Having read a page which pointed to the basic rhythm of blank verse as being like the bass line of a song, and the skill of the thing being the variations rung upon that by the poet, I feel very chastened.

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