Category Archives: Animals

Pasolini’s La Ricotta

    “La Ricotta” was Pier Paolo Pasolini’s contribution to Ro.Go.Pa.G, a four-part film made in 1963 by Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ugo Gregoretti. His contribution featured Orson Welles.       Acc. to Wikipedia: Pasolini’s La ricotta (“Curd Cheese”) tells … Continue reading

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The Banquet of Crassus: Politics, Myth, and Ritual

Below is the abstract of a paper I delivered at the American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies) way back in January 2002 in Philadelphia (I will confess to having found the abstract here, which I’m glad for, since … Continue reading

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Good and faithful servant

A much-reproduced picture from the recent funerary ceremonies for George H.W. Bush shows the former President’s service dog, Sully, lying before his master’s casket. It’s hard not to choke up a little seeing Sully, the very soul of to-the-last fidelity. … Continue reading

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Regrets of Romulus

The Daily Mail, among other news outlets, is reporting this week that “A man raised by wolves for 12 years says his life in human society was a failure and he wishes he could go live among the animals again.” Marcos Rodríguez … Continue reading

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But Let Judgment Run Down As Waters

It was an unseasonably warm winter day some years ago, and for some reason, the elementary school was out which meant I had the kids for the afternoon. My wife had been minding them earlier in the day while I … Continue reading

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At Zora’s Grave

We were visiting my mother-in-law in Florida last week, and, as I had been reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, I decided to take a short trip up to Fort Pierce to see the grave of Zora Neale Hurston in … Continue reading

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Dead Armadillo

It was easier to see in the morning than it had been last night, when I swerved a little to avoid hitting it, the face-up dead armadillo on the street. The dogs and I walked by early today, and it … Continue reading

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