The Fruit of Impatience

My fondness for Chris Tilling’s scholarship is well documented (see here, here, here, and here) and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a post from Chris announcing that he’s picked a publisher for his thesis and it will be available sometime in the not-too-distant future.  Chris has been dragging his feet with that post and even when it does appear I’m sure it will be in some ridiculously expensive German-titled monograph series and as such will be too much for me to purchase.  There’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to procure a review copy and I’m sure that Chris, regardless of my badgering, will have his complimentary copies reserved for close friends and family.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been wonderful having a copy of Chris’ thesis on my computer, but there are times when I don’t have my computer with me that I’d like to read or reference Chris’ work.  So the opportunity presented itself for me to print the entire thing out (nearly 300 pages!) and I took it.  I then took the printed product to Staples to have it bound.  Unfortunately they didn’t have anything big enough to house it all under one cover so I split it into 3 parts: Front matter—chapter 3; chapters 4 & 5; chapter 6—back matter.  The result is what you see pictured below (pardon the poor quality of the picture; my phone’s camera is garbage and it was taken in a dimly lit room):

Words can’t describe just how helpful and convenient this is!  But make no mistakes—I’ll still be badgering Chris for an autographed free copy of the published version.  ;-)


10 thoughts on “The Fruit of Impatience

  1. He’s also a very charming fellow, I met him at some weird bible bloggers dinner that Jim West told me to attend. I missed an N.T. Wright lecture, but it was totally worth it to hang out with Chris Tilling.

  2. I print out and bind plenty of stuff that I’m working on, or printed pdfs of articles I want to read. It’s so convenient, and I have no qualms about scribbling all over it (unlike real books!). I especially like that kind of binding you chose, whatever they call it, with the glue strip.

  3. Geoff: Yeah, he’s a cool dude, but I’ve only talked to him through emails, blogs, and instant messages.

    Kevin: I rarely print anything. In fact, I just found out the day before yesterday that my printer no longer works, for printing at least. But I’m with you about scribbling all over the printed material, although, unlike you, I have no qualms about scribbling all over books. I like the binding I chose as well, especially since it was only $2.49 apiece, but I considered going with a hardcover. The problem was that they would have had to send it out and I didn’t want to wait. Plus it would have been more than I wanted to spend.

  4. Oh, hardcover’s not worth it. Usually these things fall apart after a couple years anyway. They’re really not intended to last. But they’re good for something that you need to be able to write on and don’t want to worry about. I’ve done proofreading/comments on two hefty manuscripts that way. It’s nice to be able to take something away from the computer and relax with lunch, beer, coffee, whatever, while working on it.

    I know a guy who writes all over his books, with nearly every sentence underlined or otherwise marked. That’s a habit that should be broken! It makes the book unusable for anyone else, so it’s selfish, too. (I don’t mean, you, but the way this guy does it — a bookmangler extreme case!)

  5. Wow!! I am hugely honoured! :-) Thanks for the comments and the “charming” bit, Geoff!
    OK, ok – I’ll get to that. I am presently editing chunks of it before I present it to a publisher. Probably the wrong way about it – I’ll only want to edit my edits a few months down the line…

  6. Esteban: It’s as good, if not better, than anything on your wish list! Like, for serious!

    Kevin: The only books I write all over are those I’m doing in-depth reviews on and never plan on giving up anyway. Most books don’t receive any marks other than noting errata. In general though I’m pretty selfish when it comes to books. I rarely think anyone other than me will ever use them. I’d never give away something I marked up though. That’s just kinda rude.

    Chris: I’ll be hugely honored when I receive my FREE autographed copy of the published edition! ;-) If you need a proofreader to take a look at your revisions you know where to send them. Also, which publishers do you have in mind? I think it’s a natural fit for WUNT for it would go good anywhere. You might even consider foregoing the prestige of an expensive monograph series and publish it with Eerdmans or someone else affordable so us common folk can get our hands on it. ;-)

  7. Oh, yeah, I can see that, Nick! You should see what I did to the first printing of Lee McDonald’s The Biblical Canon! That was for a good cause, though, to correct the egregious errors that some completely ignorant editor had edited into his text at the last minute. And then, of course, after including all those corrections and more, he sent me a nice, clean, autographed copy of the corrected second printing. That first one is highlighted, underlined, annotated, with many exclamation points and other scrawlings of disbelief. The editor that did that should stick to cookbooks or whatever is his or her primary realm of literary production….

  8. Kevin: I’m in the process of doing that with a book right now, although the errors are the author’s, not an editor’s. I remember your review of The Biblical Canon; it was particularly harsh. It was funny to read McDonald’s comments and see that he was as shocked as you were!

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