Faced with an unsavory world, what can one do? For starters, we can promote and share the best work of other souls. Here’s an assortment of links I’ve been collecting for a while—some medieval, others poetic, all of them earnest, engaging, and good.
At his blog “The Winds of War,” Daniel Franke offers a long, rational, and rather contrarian take on the connections between medievalism, the humanities, ISIS, and politicians.
Where can you find medieval buildings brought piece by piece to the United States? This remarkably well-researched Atlas Obscura article will tell you. (Well done, Brianna Nofil and Jake Purcell!)
A Clerk of Oxford ponders winter in Middle English poetry and “the power of the untranslatable negatives.”
With neither piety nor snark, Dale Favier pens the rare topical poem I like: “Standing With France.”
“But I’m still lonely for him”: Flavia collaborates with a long-gone scholar she knows only through his work.
Jake Seliger checks out Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz.
Novelist and poet Marly Youmans pens a personal reflection on motherhood and a life in the arts.
Cynthia Haven makes the case for Rossetti’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” as the “best Christmas carol ever.”
Levi Stahl finds a fine passage on freedom and thinking from a book about Montaigne.
First Known When Lost mingles poems with art to make sense of acceptance in autumn.