Monthly Archives: December 2014

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 From an unpublished letter of George Orwell … Continue reading

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“My Friend George”

Lou Reed, I read in the Times, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April. Various questions arise, of course, chief among which are, Isn’t he already in there? (yes, as a member of the … 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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Sherwood, the Limestone Landscape

Last August, as part of Sewanee’s Finding Your Place program, I took my students down the mountain to Sherwood to visit the quarry and the Epiphany Mission church. The community is a proud and lively one and the experience of the … Continue reading

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Mine 21 documentary maybe?

A letter I sent off for funding a documentary.  Something I have no training for whatsoever. We shall see … Prof. Linda Mayes & Prof. Karen Yu Directors, Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies December 4, 2014 Dear Linda … Continue reading

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