Fuck Madonna Studies. That's so yesterday. The new craze in academia seems to be metal. This ludic philosophical gloss on Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" was scribbled by Nicola Masciandaro, a professor of medieval literature at Brooklyn College, CUNY and author of The Voice of the Hammer: The Meaning of Work in Middle English Literature (Notre Dame, 2006). The Sabbath gloss is part of a collaborative book project he is working on with a group of professors and artists called "What is This that Stands before Me?: Adventures in Heavy Metal Glossing," as yet unpublished. Rock on, dude.