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A tribute to Laurence Picken

I used to be one among Laurence Picken’s extra tangential disciples, however he stays among the many nice inspirations of my life. [1]


I do know a number of of us have fond reminiscences of turning up for lunch at his little home overflowing with books, a sherry adopted by a fastidiously ready meal, listening to him explaining, continuous for 4 or 5 hours (for all his encyclopaedic erudition, he knew nothing of small-talk; see additionally right here) how the marker to the precise of the column in some Eleventh-century Japanese zither manuscript had been misinterpreted—with liberal asides on plainchant, birdsong, and medieval Sogdian viniculture—to which I often managed to interject “I say, fancy that…” And that’s the way it went, each couple of months for about twenty-five years.

Aside from his immense scholarly arsenal, he was a real newbie, an fanatic. He maintained a community of like-minded individuals, speaking extraordinary enthusiasm for a subject that, even…


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