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“Certain You Approve”

“Certain you approve.” For some reason, this line has been stuck in my head for a week or two now. It’s the sort of thing my wife and I regularly say to each other, a snippet from a song or … Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo? A Response to Jerri Allyn

This is a talk I gave  a long time ago (September 17, 2003, to be precise) as part of a panel following a talk at Sewanee by the artist, Jerri Allyn. At the time, people thought it was a negative … 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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Ubi, Ubi Tu, Scooby Doo?

Okay, so evidently I have time enough on my hands not just to watch but to take notes on an episode from What’s New, Scooby-Doo? called “Pompeii and Circumstance,” which aired in February 2003. Suffer along with me, won’t you? … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Sen. Alexander about Betsy DeVos

Dear Senator Alexander, As a former School Board member in Franklin County and professor of Classics at the University of the South, I am writing this afternoon to ask you to vote against Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. … Continue reading

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Shadowboxing at the DNC, or Bill’s Apology

I was really struck this summer, when listening to Bill Clinton’s speech on behalf of Hillary at the DNC, with a parallel to Plato’s Apology about Socrates’ trial in 399 BC. After listing his wife’s many accomplishments, Bill says the following: CLINTON: Now, … Continue reading

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