Monthly Archives: March 2016

If Caesar Had Stabbed Their Mothers

Enthusiasm for political leaders that supersedes even attachment to family. Shakespeare, Tragedy of Julius Caesar 2.1 Casca: … And so he fell. When he came to himself again, he said, if he had done or said anything amiss, he desired … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar, the Hulk, and other Illeists

I’m getting ready to teach Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar this morning, and am reminded of the protagonist’s tendency to refer to himself in the third person, as in Act I scene 2: Who is it in the press that calls on me? … Continue reading

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Rubio/L’Arringatore 

Marco Rubio bid the Republican race for president farewell last night, leaving the field open to either a dangerous demagogue or an inflexible ideologue to be the party’s candidate. I’ve been reading Sallust’s history of the Catilianarian conspiracy, and I … Continue reading

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Open Letter about GSA to Kevin and CleiJo

Dear CleiJo and Kevin, Quite a few people have come up to me in the last month and said, Aren’t you glad you’re not on the school board anymore? I usually smile and nod, but in my heart, I’m sorry … Continue reading

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Trump’s Small Hands: innuendo, insinuatio, what?

Late last month, Sen. Marco Rubio decided to get down into the gutter with demagogue Donald Trump. As the Washington Post reported it: He turned insults lobbed by Trump against the billionaire. He said the only reason Trump isn’t as sweaty … Continue reading

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