Category Archives: Boston

I’ll be blasting you

“Man, you have been BLASTING it lately,” said a friend of mine the other day about the proliferation of posts over the past few days. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up, I’ve been tidying up my laptop, … Continue reading

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Foulke (P) to Mientkewicz (1B) for the final out of the 2004 World Series

He knew what he held in his hand. Gingerly he removed the ball from his glove, took it in hand, and looked intently at Doug Mientkewicz, standing at first base.  They exchanged a glance, and if they thought of Bill … Continue reading

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Daniel/Amos/Jonah: discussion questions

Some old discussion questions for an Honors class at Boston College on the prophets Daniel The Book of Daniel is set explicitly during the Babylonian Captivity, that 400-year period when the Israelites were forcibly removed from the Promised Land to … Continue reading

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John Ciardi, “About Rivers and Toes”

This is a poem I really like. John Ciardi, who was quite figure in mid-century American letters, went to the same college I did (Tufts). Many years ago, I came across a little book of his poetry (Someone Could Win … Continue reading

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Fake Jan!

You may not know this, but January 2nd is, to some online hipsters that I do not count myself among, sometimes called “Fake Jan” Day. Jan 2. Get it? The whole thing involves the Brady Bunch Variety Hour in some … 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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Weeping for RFK

I just finished watching Netflix’ 4-part documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President,” and it is intense. I guess, insofar as I knew about RFK, it was in relation to his brothers– Jack was a staple of every Irish Catholic household in Boston … Continue reading

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