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August 20, 2008


Thank you.

I forget sometimes that academic writing can be this good! I've been away from it a long time. Thanks, Teju. Requiescat in pacem.

Teju's recommendations seem to take me in new directions. I've listened to Anner Bylsma's version of Bach's cello suites over fifteen times (according to my iPod) because of Teju's reflections on them in his late blog. I look forward to reading some Baxandall now. Getting across "how a picture means" sounds like something I'd like to learn more about if only to write better about pictures, mental or otherwise.

You once wrote an excellent post about the pleasure of reading slowly; I often think of it - thanks for making an appearance on the internet again.

Thanks so much for publishing this, Beth. And Teju, it's a privilege to share your love for a mentor. I was moved to look in the library of the university where I worked, and found a copy of 'Painting and Society in Fifteenth Century Italy'. I read the first few pages in my lunch hour, and I think it will live up to your recommendation. Crystalline language indeed. And full of incredibly interesting information that will make me see so much more in the paintings and engravings. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the book, and then taking it with me to look at some of the works he mentions, which are in the National Gallery here in London.

Hi Teju!

I'm suffering from all the old irritations of sloth: it's LINDEN they're carving, or better yet, and even closer to home BASSWOOD! I just get so mad for being given the impression that I have to tramp all the way to Europe to find something that grows in my own backyard. Yes, limewood has a beautiful etymology -- but still! It's basswood that gets carved 'round here.

Nothing of which has anything to do with your fine essay and its subject. Thank you for bringing it here. It's a joy to get this sign of your life.

Thank you for publishing this, Beth, and for writing it, Teju! I haven't the time to comment in detail but just want to say this is wonderful writing and an introduction to an art historian that I'd never heard of before, in spite of years of study in art school. Must find these books!

A very interesting essay. I have always been fond of writing but as I delve further into the academics of writing I find that I have a challenge ahead of me, one that I meet willingly. I intend to research/read several of the items listed in this essay.

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