Monthly Archives: January 2013

Constellations in the Cupboard

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, if you get your ten-year old son a telescope for Christmas, there will not be a clear night for weeks.  Sure enough, there has been a near-constant state of cloudy drizzle here since … Continue reading

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Notes on Lucretia

Note: This post is really more of the “note to self” variety, so there’s not a lot of elaboration on the classical material.  An editorial by Sohaila Abdulali in yesterday’s New York Times entitled “I Was Wounded; My Honor Wasn’t” … Continue reading

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Render unto Facebook: The Classical Background of the “Page 56” Meme

You’ve undoubtedly seen, and responded, to this meme: Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Don’t dig for your favorite book, … Continue reading

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Father Time and the Baby

Around the first of the year, American political cartoonists traditionally employ the image of Baby New Year in conversation of some sort with the Old Year to make a topical joke.  A good example from last week is to the … Continue reading

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