I've gotten a couple of e-mails asking me about the Popular Culture Association conference, and whether I am going this year. Yes, I will be attending the conference this year in Atlanta, and I'll be presenting a paper entitled "Old English and Samwise Gamgee's Genealogy: Eden and the Unfallen Hobbit" on Friday, April 14th. The truth is that the whole thing is pre-written in my mind; I just have to find the free time from editing Global Perspectives on Medieval Literature and Culture to type the thing up.
I was initially planning simply to drive in on the 14th and drive out the same day, but I've had so many people ask to get together that I'm considering staying one night, or at least driving in the next Saturday.
PCA, for those who haven't been, can be a menagerie, everything from dense scholarly counting of angels on pinheads to fanboy/girl pieces. As a result, some years I find it deeply rewarding, and some years a total waste of my time and energy. With this in mind, I go whenever it is in a convenient location, or when specifically recruited. This year, it is in Atlanta AND I was recruited to organize a session (my own), so I'll be there with every expectation of having a good time. If you go, I can't make promises about the conference as a whole (it depends on what sessions you attend), but I can promise that the other papers in my session, Jim Davis's "Peter Jackson's Visions of Industrialization" and Glen Gill's "Metaphor and Cosmology in The Lord of the Rings" will be worth your time.