Category Archives: Cemeteries & Funerals

The Graveyard on Devil Step Island

My friend Adam and I had been planning to take his boat out on to Tims Ford Lake, and this Sunday seemed like the last possible day to do it until springtime. It was an unseasonably warm November day. Why … Continue reading

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You have heard of Gettysburg, but does it haunt you?

It was just about two years ago that my late friend Michael, about whom I’ve written before, and I had the following exchange on Facebook chat. He was very Southern and conservative in his manner, and I am very neither. … Continue reading

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Damnatio Memoriae Sevaniae

A year or so ago, I had an exchange with the United Daughter of the Confederacy about the monument to CSA General Edmund Kirby-Smith on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I teach. My … Continue reading

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Remembering My Late Great Friend and Mentor, Bob Kupka

This is a piece my brother Jamie wrote about Bob Kupka, a former teacher of his at West Roxbury High who became a great friend. Bob passed away in January 2016, and his obituary is below. Jamie sent me this … Continue reading

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RIP, Barry Dennen

One morning, back in the summer of 2015, I made up my mind to go ahead with writing a book about Pontius Pilate in film. How much fun would that be, I thought? So many fine performances … but, of … Continue reading

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At Zora’s Grave

We were visiting my mother-in-law in Florida last week, and, as I had been reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, I decided to take a short trip up to Fort Pierce to see the grave of Zora Neale Hurston in … Continue reading

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(Guest Post) For Ed

FOR ED: Ed was my best friend in college. Though we hadn’t seen each other in a long time, living far apart, I always enjoyed our phone conversations over the years. Ed was thoughtful and philosophical and was honest about … Continue reading

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