Thursday, June 19, 2008

To burn like Sardanapalus

I just received some most excellent news.

Or more accurately: I was made an offer--which I have accepted--that could result in, like, the only thing for which I’m remembered professionally (if indeed I’m remembered for anything).

Better than a funerary monument, anyway.


Hilaire said...

Yay! Congratulations!!

heu mihi said...

Wow! Congratulations! --on whatever it is!

neophyte said...

Huzzah! Congrats!

But so cryptic... hang on, hang on, I've got it: they're adding your name to the fa├žade of Columbia's Butler Library, aren't they? "Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Flavia..."

'Bout time someone broke that glass ceiling.

Dr. Virago said...

Neophyte, that's hilarious!!

So I'm guessing it's a book contract?

Dr. Virago said...

Wait, you're not going to burn all your worldly possessions, including your concubines, are you?

Or will you prostrate yourself naked at the feet of someone who *is* going to burn all his possessions?

medieval woman said...

wonderful!!! Congrats!!!

Flavia said...

Neo: aw, shucks. And here I thought I was being so vague and coy! The stonemasons are at it even as we speak.

Dr. V: as for contracts: let's just say that there's no such thing for that mess that is my monograph--and I promise you, I'll be blogging in painful detail about the contract-seeking as it occurs!

And as for the self-immolation: hee! But this is what I'm really talking about (start with the 11th para). So yeah: the title is meant semi-ironically. But it does include a hint, if a somewhat misleading one.

Sisyphus said...

Wait, someone called you a Nimrod?


It is _so_ hard for us modern people to follow y'all when you get all allusionary.

How's the cat doing with the subletted place? Oh, and I totally want to hear all the gory details about book prospectus-prepping!

What Now? said...

Congratulations on whatever this mysterious but clearly good offer is!

Anonymous said...


Doctor Cleveland said...

Hey! Just in time for barbecue season!

A hearty but still partly-mystified congratulations!

scr said...

Here's to peaking early in one's career!

Jack said...

You have agreed to be a human test subject for some kind of cultish premodern liquefaction experiment. (please no, i like you in solid form)

You will host the funeral of a really famous academic jackass. (interesting but weird that you'd be so publicly excited about it)

You are invited to study a creepy, kick-ass Assyrian graveyard. (honestly, this is my best guess other than the nimrod thing)


Harriet said...

I think its an edition - something Miltonish? Enormous congratulations, anyway.

Pamphilia said...

I'm with Harriet here. Academic monographs are lovely, but you'll reach more people with an edition, hence the immortality.

I'd hazard a guess that it's an edition of Browne, but that would probably be too obvious (and those who read Browne are a smaller group than those who read, say, Donne. I bet it's Donne). But whatever it is, I'll go out and buy a copy (instead of just getting the desk copy).