On a typical day lately In the Middle is visited between three and four hundred times. About half these visits are return readers. I estimate we now have a dedicated readership nearing a hundred, and an occasional readership of about twice that. Not bad for a blog so esoteric.
To celebrate -- and to stop shocking other medievalists when they do meet me in the flesh -- I am offering a picture more revealing of me in my native habitat, complete with penetrating glance. No more Thomas Pynchonesque portrait: henceforth I bare my soul.