Author Archives: Uncomely and Broken

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Song to the Seals

Every so often you come across a charming thing quite unintentionally on the internet, and this morning’s entry for me is the great Irish tenor John McCormack singing “Song to the Seals” from 1935.     A sea maid sings … Continue reading

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Who’s ready for another marginal mystery?

OK, so my posts–here, here, and here–about the mysterious notations on the flyleaf of an 18th century edition of Cicero’s works have led to discussions with various and sundry folks that have been a great deal of fun. So, here’s … Continue reading

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Quake and Quarantine

So, last night, in the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, we had an earthquake. At 3:33 AM. And, get this, it was 3.3 on the Richter Scale. It was only a few miles from our house, down in Lost Cove … Continue reading

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Notes on the Oedipus Project

During this bizarre time of quarantine, Theater of War Productions presented on Thursday, May 7th, an entirely online version of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, with some well-known actors Zooming in from their home laptops while 6K viewers Zoomed in on laptops … Continue reading

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Get you a man who looks at you the way young Charlie looks at the Portland Vase

From Make Me An Offer (1954), Peter Finch’s first film in which he plays Charlie, an antiques dealer specializing in Wedgewood. Not a well-known movie, but it’s on Youtube, at least for now. Here is the young Charlie (Richard O’Sullivan) in … Continue reading

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“Asynchronous in Sewanee”

A piece I wrote for Sewanee Features called “Asynchronous in Sewanee” just came out.

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Rainy evening reflections

It’s raining in Sewanee, and will be for the next few days, they say. Springtime has always been the season of showers around here, of course, a small price to pay for the green of the trees and grass. It’s … Continue reading

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LATN 403 Spr 20: open book #2 exam, due Monday, May 4th at noon Central

Friday, May 1, 2020 Dear Imperial Roman Prose students, The exam on Tacitus’ Agricola is below, and it is due Monday, May 4th at noon Central.  Please send me an email with the subject line “LATN 403 Midterm 2: Your Last … Continue reading

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Protected: Myth Spr 20: Oedipus at Colonus

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Posted in Bible, Cemeteries & Funerals, Classics, Drama, Education, Film, Language & Etymology, Military, Music, Mythology, Poetry, Statues & Monuments, Time

Protected: LATN 403 Spr 20: Agricola chap. 30

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Posted in Classics, Drama, Education, Emblems, England, Film, Italy, Language & Etymology, Military, Music, Nautical, Poetry, Rome, Scotland, Slavery, Trees & Flowers