Winter Is Coming

Catching up on "Game of Thrones."

July 9, 2013

This is my summer of immersion in Game of Thrones. My body may be at work, but my mind is on the King's Road.   

As with most things in my life I've come late this particularly party. When it comes to cultural happenings I'm a chronic late adopter.  

What I lack in timeliness I make up for in dedication, as I've been logging as many waking hours as possible in the world of George R.R. Martin.

It is not only the Netflix discs with which I am spending quality time (currently on season 2 - disc 2), but also with the Kindle e-book (52% read!). 

(Anyone who wants to share HBO GO credentials please send a raven).

You might see Game of Thrones as an epic fantasy - or even a socially acceptable way to watch very good looking people disrobe with disturbing frequency.

I look at Game of Thrones as the secret history of the Ivy League.  

Ever wonder what those emeritus professors are talking about when they refer to the old days?  Look no further.

Can there be any doubt that Winterfell is modeled on the institution where I pledge my allegiance.   Our motto: Vox clamantis in deserto (The voice of one crying in the wilderness).  

And the Kingdom to the South of us - what is it called again?  The one located in Cambridge MA with the motto Veritas (Truth).   We all know that "A Lannister always pays his debts.", and with a $30 billion dollar endowment this pledge is perhaps easier kept.

Cornell (Go Big Red) is located in a land of many charms.  How far a distance The Wall is from Ithaca I cannot say, but I for one am happy to have a 700 foot high, 300 mile barrier made of ice to protect us from the Wildlings in the North (otherwise known as Canadians).

I'll admit that my memory is a bit hazy, but I'm almost certain that I was forced to recite the Night's Watch oath upon receiving my PhD from Brown:  In Deo Speramus (In God We Hope).

"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."

When it come to higher ed, can there be any doubt that Winter is Coming?


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