• Celtic Myth,  Celtic Studies Books,  History,  Literature


    My review of John Matthews Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman is up at The Green Man Review. I’m not overly impressed with Matthews’ Taliesin as a scholarly work. I do think a case can be made for Celtic poets engaging in and writing about shamanic behaviors, and I’ve written about some of the standard scholarly sources regarding Taliesin here. Buy me a Coffee! If you find this post or this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

  • Music

    Matty Groves Reggae Style

    Tuesdays are “new music” days at Apple’s iTunes Music store, so when I finished writing today, I took a look. There’s a lot of new stuff this week, and I do mean a lot. It looks like Apple’s managed to license pretty much the complete catalog of indie label Rounder Records. That’s pretty good news, from where I stand, since Rounder’s catalog includes lots of historic jazz, folk, and international traditional music, including the Alan Lomax Collection (available from Apple) and the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, which includes people like Lead Belly and Jelly Roll Morton. Rounder owns and produces the Philo Records folkmusic label, so I…

  • Conferences

    Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2003

    This year’s Harvard Celtic Colloquium is October 10 through 12, with the Vernam Hull lecture on October 9th from Professor Marged Haycock of the Department of Welsh, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She’s delivering a talk entitled “Text-styles and Textiles in Medieval Wales” at 5:00 p.m., at the Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street. The offical web page is here

  • Personal,  SF and Fantasy

    Firefly on DVD

    OK, so this is maybe a little off-topic (though I could make pointed remarks about feudal cultures and SF) but Joss Whedon’s Firefly is not only going to be a the basis for a new feature film, you can now preorder DVDs of the series, including three episodes that never aired.

  • Conferences,  Language & Lingusitics

    Proto-Celtic and the 15th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference

    The paper topics, and some .pdf abstracts, for the November 7-8 2003 15th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference are up here. I always try to attend, even though I only understand about 5% (on a good day) of the presentations. This year I’m especially looking forward to Professor Joseph Eska’s “The New Look of Proto-Celtic.” You can read a .pdf abstract of Eska’s talk here. Looks like I better start reading . . .

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  • Celtic Studies Books,  Outreach

    Medieval Comic Construction Kit

    Metafilter brings us this Flash 6 driven “Historic Tale Construction Kit” which allows you to assemble comic style frame-by-frame stories with text and images, add them to a gallery to email them to friends. The images are taken from the Bayeux Tapestry, itself constructed to celebrate the victories of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

  • Uncategorized

    A New Welsh Blog

    Earlier I linked to Morfablog, and just today, I’ve discovered Hogynorachub, another Welsh blog.

  • Celtic Studies Books

    New Reviews

    I’ve two reviews up at The Green Man Review. I review The Celts: A History by Ó Hógáin, and a DVD of a live Steeleye Span concert, Steeleye Span: A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration. And I should have an FAQ about Taliesin up soon, its completion inspired by two forthcoming book reviews.