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Rude messages left by monks in the margins of medieval manuscripts

Humor : Boing Boing

Colin Dickey introduces the current Lapham’s Quarterly collection of rude and complaining messages left by monks in the margins of medieval manuscripts, a subject covered in detail in Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art, ...

Imperfect Saints

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

Colin Dickey contemplates them in Afterlives of Saints. From Lindsay Reckson's review: These are not the standard, well-behaved saints, the Johns, Jameses, and Josephs. They are instead, as Dickey notes, the miscreants: "saints who ...

Critical history of the war on sympathetic magic

Humor : Boing Boing

"Very Superstitious," Colin Dickey's essay for Lapham's Quarterly, presents a critical take on The Golden Bough, James G. Frazer's 1890 classic text on superstition. Dickey frames contempt for sympathetic magic and its practitioners...

The Bureaucratic Style in American prose

Humor / odd : Boing Boing

After Colin Dickey wrote about United CEO Oscar Munoz's nonpology for the savage beating of Dr David Dao, he was taken to task for accusing the CEO of writing in the "passive voice." The closer Dickey looked, the more he concluded t...

Colin Dickey explores American's haunted mansions in 'Ghostland'

Entertainment / Books : LA Times: Books

Colin Dickey was looking for a bargain during the real-estate fire sale following the 2008 mortgage disaster when he came across a foreclosed house in Echo Park that creeped him out. The trees in the backyard were hung with rotted c...


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