“A thousand skeptic hands won’t keep us from the things we planned,” Alcuin wrote to Theodulf of Orleans at the dawn of the ninth century, “unless we’re clinging to the things we prize.” Despite Alcuin’s optimism, life keeps me from updating “Quid Plura?” as often as I’d like, but here’s an enlightening array of late-winter links.
Return to Prydain with Jared Crossley’s 69-minute documentary about Lloyd Alexander, now out on DVD. (Disclosure: I did a small amount of unpaid work on this project.)
Looking for a lurid novel in the heavy-metal club scene? Warren Moore’s headbanger noir Broken Glass Waltzes is now out for the Kindle.
Erik Kwakkel looks for the oldest photo of a person with a medieval manuscript—and finds a heck of a shot from Ohio instead.
Speaking of minuscule, the Classical Bookworm finds wonderful tiny libraries (including one built from Lego).
Lingwë delves: Did Tolkien coin the plural “dwarves”?
Nancy Marie Brown turns back to half-forgotten fantasist E.R. Eddison.
So Many Books digs The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science.
Sarah Werner suggests that in the humanities job market, you make your own luck.
Writer and professor Ann Boesky recalls her life as a Sweet Valley High ghostwriter.
Wuthering Expectations cracks open “the most boring and mendacious author in the whole of German literature.”
Jake Seliger reads the urban-planning book Planet of Cities.
Cynthia Haven fondly remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay.
First Known When Lost honors four-line poems.