The newest issue of postmedieval is out. Its theme is “Thinking Across Tongues,” and it was co-edited by Mary Kate Hurley, Jonathan Hsy, and Andrew Kraebel. I was thrilled to be part of it, with a slightly experimental essay comparing the martyr stories of Prudentius’ Peristephanon and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee. The essay is called “The martyred tongue: the legendaries of Prudentius and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.”
Cha was an avant garde writer, but also a visual, film, and performance artist. Her work proved so inspiring that an image from her archive (at Berkeley) was chosen to grace the cover of this postmedieval issue. My note “About the Cover” is free to read online.
The entire issue is worth reading though — I’ve rarely so looked forward to an issue of a scholarly journal!
I’m very, very happy to announce that my essay for the Atlantic, The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food, will be reprinted in Holly Hughes’ anthology, Best Food Writing 2017 (forthcoming from Da Capo Press this fall). It’s long been a dream of mine to be included in one of the Best Food Writing books, so this is a special thrill.
I’m delighted to have my essay “Currywurst” reprinted in the very first issue of a new food journal, The Tenderloin. This essay was originally published by the wonderful Petits Propos Culinaires, which gave permission for it to see a new life in print.
Abby Dockter recently interviewed me for the website Essay Daily. We talked about transportable culture, rumination, and the joys and challenges of being a “fusion medievalist.” That’s Abby’s coinage, but I am adopting it!
Read the interview here:
I was honoured to be asked to judge the nonfiction category of Sonora Review’s 2017 contest. The winner was Easton Smith’s fine essay, “The Pace of Death: On Illness and Borders in the Sonora.” I look forward to seeing it in print!
You can read more about the contest here:
Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away yesterday. Politico.eu has an article I wrote a few years ago about Kohl’s impressive gastronomic urges:
I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with Zócalo Public Square in the past — look here and there — so I was pleased to be asked for a book recommendation for their summer book list. My pick was Michael Schulman’s Her Again, a biography of Meryl Streep.
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