Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Welcome new readers

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.


  1. Excellent! Now anytime some busybody starts reading over my right shoulder, I can give them the patented J.J. Cohen stare. Fear me world, I'll penetrate you by proxy! (Or something or other.)

  2. A nicely Warhol-esque portrait. Very nice.

  3. Oh, the glories of Mac PhotoBooth! It's a good thing your penetrating stare here glances somewhat sideways; otherwise, we could be looking at lawsuits. Yes, it's that powerful.

  4. Anonymous5:42 PM

    With this format, I would dub this photo collage Marilyn Monroe meets Marilyn Manson. Many basilisks would be envious of such a stare.

    - Uncle Markham

  5. Thanks bro -- I can always count on you to tell it like it is.


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