Category Archives: Military

Letter to the UDC

A letter to Mrs. Ginger Delius, President of the Kirby-Smith chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Tullahoma, TN, printed in the Sewanee Purple. Dear Mrs. Delius, Many thanks for your letter of September 14th, sent to me … Continue reading

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What hidden scorn you must have for yourself

Marcus Vinicius: That beggar-faced philosopher shouldn’t be filling your luscious little head with nonsense. Lygia: How could I expect you to understand? MV: I wish you were a slave as I first thought! I would have offered a price for … Continue reading

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On not finding Hercules

It’s not especially hard to get to Lago di Vico, if you don’t mind getting lost a few times on the state roads leading up the mountain in far northern Lazio. The sun was beginning to set as I arrived … Continue reading

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Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie

Below is an exchange I had recently with Chrigel Glanzmann, the lead singer of Eluveitie, the Swiss folk metal band on whose work I’m writing I’ve written an essay (comparing it to Charles Gleyre’s “The Romans Going Under the Yoke”).  … Continue reading

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The Butt-Millet Fountain, A Memorial Hidden in Plain Sight

I have written before about Major Archibald Butt, a notable alumnus of Sewanee who died heroically aboard the Titanic.  That’s him to the right, together with President Taft, from a stained glass window in All Saints’ Chapel which commemorates the … Continue reading

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Orwell against mistreatment of prisoners

My last post concernted St. George as an avenger for justice, and in this month, as we process the Senate’s release of the Torture Report, another English George with similar convictions comes to mind. From an unpublished letter of George Orwell … Continue reading

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The Eroticism of the Gettysburg Address

The androgyne of Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Republic is a deeply comic myth on the nature of eros, one that has been put to music in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (see below). I have long wondered whether the strange … Continue reading

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