Thursday night feels like the end of the week this semester, the way the schedule works out. An interesting week.
• The presentation of what I currently have in my essay "The Odes of Solomon
: From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism" when fairly well tonight. The attendance at the Seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
was a bit smaller than I had hoped after the huge turnout the last two sessions, but I suppose those were flukes. I got some great feedback and questions afterward, especially from our own Prof. Fr. Alexander Golitzin
. Mike Harris did me the very great favour of taking two pages of notes on the comments, which are full of good references and ideas on where to go from here as I expand the essay's inquiry into the merkabah
side of things.
• I listened to Blonde On Blonde
for the first time in two years today. It was a sacramental-level experience in songwriting.
• I think I've got my mojo on inside-out: this week got me two ex-girlfriends calling up and a spontaneous dinner out from one of the coolest girls in Milwaukee. All married.
• Got a funny call from Kevin Fleming vacationing with the family down in Grand Cayman. I charged him a $5000 fee for a particularly killer piece of recruitment consultation that I gave him for an LLC he's thinking of starting up with some guy he talked with during his Entrepreneur's dinner at the White House the other week.
• I found an out-of-print book I needed for my dissertation at a book sale today for only $1. I ordered it used from Amazon for $13 two days ago.
• Capping it off with a big bash at the County Clare tomorrow night for Markus Wriedt
before he heads home for Germany. I think his six-weeks-per-semester stay at Marquette is the perfect length: his presence is always a social event in itself. And having one of your professors being one of Germany's greatest food critics (just on the side!
) is a pretty fine thing in itself: the payoffs are exquisite!