The Gold Star Journal — the scholarly counterpart to The Shako, publishing the very best academic work of The Citadel’s cadets — once again features an essay from one of my classes. This time, it’s an essay from my Honors Tolkien class, “The Precious and the Pearl,” by Noah Koubenec. It’s a terrific essay, quite fitting for the high honor, and of course I’m selfishly happy that a Tolkien essay (gasp!) managed such placement.
Noah also gave a version of the paper alongside professorial types at the recent PAC conference, and he’s preparing a larger version of it for submission to peer-reviewed academic journals. Plus, he’s a finalist for a Truman.