Thursday, August 04, 2005

The mess on my desk

About Schweitzer's famous The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1906), Stephen Neill writes:

'Schweitzer has left on record some memories of the manner of its writing. Books were stacked everywhere in his room, including the floor, and those who came to see him had to edge their way perilously along the narrow waterways between tall islands of books' (The Interpretation of the NT, 206)

And as I'm writing a thesis with the intent to publish, in some sick way I feel coldly justified for the mess on my desk:

However, when Schweitzer wrote his Quest, he was (of course) a bachelor. He wasn't to marry Helene Bresslau until June 1912.

But I am married. And, as most know, wives tend to feel differently about these piles of books and paper. Very differently. Wrathful, even.

A face to strike terror into the heart of Terminator. If fact, she just had me in a terrible Chinese burn, so I've been forced to clean it all up (my Schweitzer argument didn't work) :-(


At 9/25/2005 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

much tidier now :-)!

At 5/04/2007 5:17 AM, Blogger webmaster said...

Although the common misconception is to call it a chinese burn, it is actually an Indian sunburn.

At 5/08/2007 11:28 AM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

OK, thanks!


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