Irrational endearments are a good thing-- I'm especially fond of Merlin because he makes an excellent singing-dancing music stand ;)
Congrats, you young whippersnapper!!
-- Lynn --
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "David Bratman" <dbratman@...> wrote:
> "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2008," which has been occupying most of
> my time and concern for the last couple of months, has been turned in to the
> publisher. Volume 8 of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, that
> hardbound journal which has been running my Year's Work pieces, will be out
> this summer.
> And so it seems time to make a public announcement on the subject.
> No, I'm not quitting the gig, or disappearing off to Rivendell.
> But because I've been doing this for seven years now, and because the 2008
> coverage was exceptionally large (that being the year that the
> nearly-hundred-paper Proceedings of the Tolkien Society's 2005 Birmingham
> conference was published), I have taken on a collaborator.
> My colleague is Merlin DeTardo, known I think mostly on Tolkien BBs online,
> but known to me for reviews and other pieces that suggested - accurately, as
> it turned out - that of the "younger" or "newer" (or whatever less
> condescending word you want to suggest) Tolkien scholars, he particularly
> combines the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge in Tolkien to evaluate
> intelligently the mass of scholarship. He also has the surprisingly rare
> ability to count the trees without losing track of the forest.
> Further, he is the only person I've ever met who can name all the Presidents
> of the United States faster than I can. This has irrationally endeared him
> to me.
> We split the subtopics of the Year's Work between us, half to each. The
> results of our labors - 223 works summarized and discussed, 24,000 words -
> will be out ... this summer.