John McMichaels is an independent scholar living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College; M. A. in American Studies from Union College, Schenectady, New York; and Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. Among his intellectual interests are medieval, modern, and postmodern allegory; the works of Thomas Pynchon; Shakespeare’s plays; Renaissance epic poetry; quantum physics; chaos theory; contemporary American politics; conspiracy theory; and epistemology. His publications include “The Lady Rises: Stoicism and Spenser in Milton’s Comus,” published in Renaissance Papers, 1998 and “Double Vision: Boiardo’s Use of Boccaccio’s Filocolo in the Orlando Innamorato,” published in Fortune and Romance: Boiardo in America, edited by Jo Ann Cavallo and Charles Ross, Tempe, Arizona: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Volume 183, 1997. To contact John McMichaels, address your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.