Hello Lit. Net. friends,
I won some grant money in the spring for research in England which means that I'm departing from LAX for Heathrow on Sept. 10th and in the midst of busy and excited preparations. I'll be there for a little over 7 weeks until 1st November, with a month's stay at Oxford to storm the special collections at the Bodleian, a couple weeks in London, and a few other, shorter stays, including one brief dash across the channel for a weekend in Paris (did I ever mention that academics suffer a great deal ). It occurred to me that the sophisticated international citizens of lit. net. might have some tips or suggestions for a yank hopping across the pond to conduct literary research. Do you know the best pub in Oxford? Have insight into the must see show on the London Theatre scene this fall? Fear I may miss out on the once in a lifetime experience of visiting an obscure but charming village with unexpected historical attractions? Feel that you need to warn me not to say something that sounds perfectly normal to people in the states but is unforgivably rude in the eyes of the average British citizen? Think it's about time this Renaissance Lit. scholar was informed that "wherefore" may not still be contemporary parlance in Stratford? Any and all friendly suggestions of things to do or not do while I am there are welcome. Also, if any of my lit. net friends happen to be near Oxford or London during the time I'm there and would like to meet up for some tea or a pint, I'd be happy to see you, and if any other lit. net. friends care to send me their postal addresses via pm I'll be happy to drop them a postcard during my trip.