This evening I had a conversation with a mathematician who enjoys reading medieval literature. He asked—I thought he asked—if I were familiar with the work of the Old English Sex Society.

I said no, and was about to inquire after more details, just as he was expressing great surprise that I did not know that series of brown books.

Oh. Part mis-hearing and part mis-stating. He meant, of course, the Early English Text Society.

But for a moment, I was so looking forward to the sessions at Kalamazoo.

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