Category Archives: Uncategorized

Scorsese on Bowie as Pilate

Excerpt from interview with Martin Scorsese, from Dylan Jones, David Bowie: A Life I’m sitting in my director’s chair and there are some chairs behind me and suddenly I feel a tap on my shoulder and I turn around and there I … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Drama, Music, Pontius Pilate, Rome, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sewanee Memoire: Projections for the Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation

Below are remarks I gave for a forum organized by Prof. Woody Register and the Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation on about Art, Commemoration, and Sewanee’s Campus, held at Otey Parish on February 19, 2017. Also on the panel … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Boston, Classics, Education, Emblems, Florence, Music, Poetry, Pontius Pilate, Race, Saints, Sewanee, Slavery, Statues & Monuments, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trump an ironic Perseus

I only just came across this cover of Der Spiegel by Edel Rodriguez from last year, but it’s a clever take on Cellini’s Perseus (which I’ve written about before). The image of beheading calls to mind ISIS terrorists–for this reason, … Continue reading

Posted in Cartoons, Mythology, Statues & Monuments, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reredos in St. Andrew’s Sewanee

Below are some pictures from the chapel at St. Andrew’s Sewanee School, particularly the reredos behind the altar. The whole thing, very Italianate in its appearance, intrigues me, and I’d like to make a study of it at some point in … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Education, Family, Italy, Saints, Sewanee, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Shithole, shithouse, Nelson eyes, and red herrings

Today’s Washington Post follows up on the controverst arising from President Trump’s use last week of the phrase “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and African nations in the discussion of immigration reform. Senator Richard Durbin affirmed the president had said … Continue reading

Posted in England, Pontius Pilate, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How bloodthirsty democracies can be: a message from Michael Portillo

So, my former student Kayce Mobley (now a Ph.D, and tenure-track professor!) and I gave this paper last year comparing the situation of the Mytilene Rebellion described in Thucydides to the East Rising in Dublin from 1916. It was wonderful … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, England, Ireland, Military, Uncategorized | Leave a comment


An evening or two ago, I stopped into Mooney’s, the great little local market just on the border between Sewanee and Monteagle, to pick up some garlic powder. I had paid for it, when it occurred to me that I … Continue reading

Posted in Language & Etymology, Sewanee, Tennessee, Uncategorized | 6 Comments