2011-06-27

Unsettled, settling

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by Neil Godfrey

I’m at the blue dot — Darwin

I have recently moved (again) to take up a better position, still in the field of making research publications, cultural and other resources available online to the widest target audiences possible or appropriate into the long-term future, his time at the top end of Australia. So recently blogging has been much more of an ad hoc distraction than usual. My job is one of those new fangled types that can never be really explained to those not in the know, and I have been very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time, and to have met the right people, to have a forefront seat in the way everything is moving with digitized research and cultural collections globally. And some exciting directions are being initiated up north here in Australia. But my professional life has nothing to do with my Vridar hobby-horse so I maintain quite distinct online accounts.

Once I’m settled (again) I hope to resume more systematic blogging following through coherent themes. If others kindly contribute with a post or two to this blog, then of course they do so without implying they concur with any other topics I blog about here, in particular those with a political or social commentary.

A Darwin local told me that this region is one of the most egalitarian in Australia. If so, I wonder if the geography has something to do with encouraging that. Where there are no hills, where the landscape is flat and the same dry in all directions, and where one cannot help but sense a vulnerable isolation from the major cities amidst green hills and rivers, where all 119 ethnic and cultural groups here feel the same heat and humidity, and prepare annually for the same cyclone season, how much room can there be for class conscious uppitiness. This is one city where rich and poor can be found alongside each other in the same neighbourhoods, even the same streets.

 

 

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3 Comments

  • 2011-06-28 13:14:07 GMT+0000 - 13:14 | Permalink

    Sorry to bother you….. there was a book that came out a couple of years ago on GMark and the hellenistic historical romances. I think the author was Scott Neil or Scott O’Neil? Do you know its name?

    Michael Turton

    • 2011-06-30 21:16:59 GMT+0000 - 21:16 | Permalink

      I don’t know of anything that fits that description, but I will continue to keep a look out and ask around about it. Is there any other info that might help — can you recall where you heard of this?

    • M. W. Nordbakke
      2011-07-01 07:34:58 GMT+0000 - 07:34 | Permalink

      There is a book by Paul M. Fullmer: Resurrection in Mark’s Literary-Historical Perspective (Library of New Testament Studies 360; London: T&T Clark, 2007). Fullmer focuses on Mark’s treatments of death and resurrection and their roots in Homeric epics, the Greco-Roman novels (Chariton’s novel, Chaereas and Callirhoe), the Hebrew Bible, and other Jewish writings.

      Unfortunately, the name of the author differs from the ones you suggested.

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