Author Archives: Uncomely and Broken

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Thinking about Place

Landscape & Memory Myths History Forgotten Places Abandoned Places Sick Places Ruins Flooded—TVA (Tellico, Tims Ford) Archaelogy Liminal places Private Property Real Estate “Value” Domain Leasehold Lease Committee Built Environment Architecture Sports areas Parks Memorials Memorial benches   Geography Abstraction … Continue reading

Posted in Sewanee | Leave a comment

RIP Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch came to speak at Sewanee in the mid-2000s as part of the “How Then Shall We Live?” series. Below is the author picture he sent. When I picked him up at the Nashville airport, he emerged from the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Cemeteries & Funerals, Education, Italy, Poetry, Race, Sewanee, Tennessee, The South | Leave a comment

Intergenerational Trauma bibliography

One of the things we study at Riggs is the intergenerational transmission of trauma and the weight of history in producing various symptoms.  Of course, as psychoanalysts we traffic in attempting to study the unconscious, so much of what is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Animals, Ireland, Music, Nautical | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Books, Classics, England | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Sewanee, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Classics, Drama, Film, Mythology, Time | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Classics, England, Film, Italy | Leave a comment

“Asynchronous in Sewanee”

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

Posted in Dogs, Education, Family, Mythology, Sewanee, Time, Trees & Flowers | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Classics, Film, Military, Rivers, Rome, Sewanee, Uncategorized | Leave a comment