It’s been a little while! As they say in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “I’m not dead yet!”
Seriously, though, this has been a crazy August for three reasons:
- I have been editing the selected writings of my late friend and mentor, Fr. George Kennard. George was a Jesuit for 76 years, most of them spent teaching philosophy at UC Berkeley, the Marianist Chaminade University of Honolulu, and of course, three different Jesuit institutions. I met him after he had retired from teaching at age 89. (As an alumnus of a Jesuit university myself, I can’t say this is too abnormal — I’ve never seen any of them at my school retire under age 75.) George was very intelligent, always interested in new ideas, and for that reason never published any of the material he wanted the world to see. I (along with a few of his friends) am publishing an edited volume of some of his writings: a conference presentation, small articles he hoped to integrate into his book, several homilies, etc. I think it’s a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to thinking for the Church and the World.
I got my part of the book done: collecting the writings, deciding what would be included and what left out of the book, obtaining copyright permissions, formatting a nice manuscript. Now I have sent all of my work off to the publisher, a small press run by one of his friends. I feel very relieved to have gotten my part done — for now.
- I am currently condensing my senior thesis on Herakles in Gandharan art into an article for The Silk Road, a journal for the general public on issues of the Silk Road. Yes, this may seem like an odd choice of venues for a budding biblical scholar. But I spent months on my senior thesis, and I don’t want my work to go to waste. Plus, two scholars of Indian Buddhism told me they thought I had come up with some interesting and original ideas, so I have at least a little confidence in my work.
Reworking this into an article has not only been good writing practice, but it is pushing me to think more broadly about the spread of Greek culture in the Hellenistic world. That will be a big topic for me as I take a class on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Intertestamental Literature this fall. Sometimes what seems unrelated can actually be very useful.
- Also, I am getting married in 16 days. So I’m trying to get #2 done by the end of next week so I can devote the week before the wedding purely to last minute details.