Category Archives: Birds

The Bard on Beach Street

I was walking down Beach Street in Boston’s Chinatown the last week, and came across a bust of Shakespeare carved in high relief on the wall of a building. No sign, no plaque, nothing to explain why Shakespeare might be … Continue reading

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Ave atque Vale, Michael

I often went over to watch election returns with Michael Hurst. He was a Republican, and I a Democrat; he a devoted Southerner, and I a “Massachusetts-American,” as he said. We disagreed on almost everything about national politics and agreed on … Continue reading

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Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … Continue reading

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The Belle on the Bill

In today’s New York Times, Gail Collins has an op-ed piece about the online movement to replace Andrew Jackson with a famous American woman on the twenty-dollar bill –the comment thread is long and lively, and from what I can … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Burdies?

The referendum for Scottish independence will take place this week, and I am thinking of a picture that used to hang in the Classics library at Chapel Hill when I was a graduate student there.  There among images of philologists … Continue reading

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Introduction for Charles Martin

Introduction to the Stacy Allen Haines Memorial Lecture Convocation Hall, University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee April 9, 2014 Perhaps it is true, as Auden says in memory of Yeats, that “poetry makes nothing happen,” but all I know is … Continue reading

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Eagle and Child

There is a Canadian video making the rounds on the internet of a golden eagle snatching a toddler. Perhaps you’ve seen it? Alas, it is all too likely to be fake, yet somehow still captures the imagination.  Why?  My friend … Continue reading

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