This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. An artist is illustrating Eliot’s poem as a graphic novel. The pictures are lovely, a beautiful realization. (And I’ve got a little fancy that maybe someday she might be tempted to tackle The Waste Land.)
The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest compete surviving song discovered to date. It comes from marble memorial pilla (stele) found in Tralleis, near Ephesus. and dating to the 1st or 2nd cenutry AD. This means that it captures words and music from the vicinity of the earliest Christian communities.
At Cambridge University, Dr. Martin Worthington, an expert in Babylonian and Assyrian grammar, has started recording readings of poems, myths and other texts in Akkadian, including The Epic of Gilgamesh. This clip gives you a taste of what Gilgamesh, one of the earliest known works of literature, sounds like in its mother tongue.
Our Lady of Solitude Monastery is a foundation created from within the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels monastery. They have finally installed the last of the stained glass windows in their chapel. They have included some of our family’s favorite: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Saint Gianna Molla, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St Faustina, St Teresa Benedicta, St Maximilan Kolbe, St Therese, St Kateri Tekakwitha, and Blessed John Paul II. I especially love the quotes from the various saints that the sisters have chosen.
As anyone who is familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common, especially in marginalia. But the ubiquity of these depictions doesn’t make them any less strange, and we had a long discussion about what such pictures might mean.
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Melissa Wiley has a couple of different versions of this Scotch ballad to listen to. What fun.