Category Archives: Boston

Protected: Circumspice: Reflections in the Wren Chapel

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Ave atque Vale, Michael

I often went over to watch election returns with Michael Hurst. He was a Republican, and I a Democrat; he a devoted Southerner, and I a “Massachusetts-American,” as he said. We disagreed on almost everything about national politics and agreed on … Continue reading

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Protected: Behold the (Other) Man! Looking for Pilate 2: Naples, Palazzo Pitti

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Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … Continue reading

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High Hosey

The other day I asked my wife whether she had ever used the expression “high hosey,” as in “High hosey the front seat.” It means, in essence, to reserve or “call dibs on” something. Although she grew up in a … Continue reading

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Protected: Antigone in Columbia

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Rear-View

Dr. Christopher M.  McDonough, At the request of the PROVINCETOWN ARTS magazine I have been asked to  write a review of the recent biography of Tennessee Williams by John Lahr, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, For this review, … Continue reading

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Walking with Brontosauruses, or, The How and Why of What We Know

This is the text of an address I gave this morning to the Cum Laude Society at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, in Sewanee, Tennessee this morning, January 6, 2014. It was a privilege to be asked to speak, and am grateful … Continue reading

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Hrothgar’s Grave

Go behind Bairnwick, toward a small stand of oaks and the swamp leading to Stirling’s, and you will see the gravestone of Hrothgar. Who was Hrothgar, you ask?  He was an English bulldog, much beloved in Sewanee over half a … Continue reading

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Protected: Hogs and Cucumbers

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