Category Archives: Family

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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Protected: NO AND SHUT UP: Intellectualism and Its Discontents in Nancy

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The Backstory to the SAS Reredos

Earlier this year, I wondered about the reredos in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee school chapel, discovering that it was a copy of the Demidoff Altarpiece, now in National Gallery, London, but originally made by Carlo Crivelli for the church of San Domenico in … Continue reading

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This is the last

“It is very happily and kindly provided,” writes Dr. Johnson, “that in every life there are certain pauses and interruptions, which force consideration upon the careless, and seriousness upon the light; points of time where one course of action ends … Continue reading

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Protected: You have heard of Gettysburg, but does it haunt you?

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Capone among us

This morning in McClurg, Jack Nance just told me a great story. Back in the 30s, he says, when Al Capone was being sent on his heavily-guarded way to the Atlanta Penitentiary for tax evasion, he went by way of … Continue reading

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“Certain You Approve”

“Certain you approve.” For some reason, this line has been stuck in my head for a week or two now. It’s the sort of thing my wife and I regularly say to each other, a snippet from a song or … Continue reading

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Remembering My Late Great Friend and Mentor, Bob Kupka

This is a piece my brother Jamie wrote about Bob Kupka, a former teacher of his at West Roxbury High who became a great friend. Bob passed away in January 2016, and his obituary is below. Jamie sent me this … Continue reading

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RIP, Barry Dennen

One morning, back in the summer of 2015, I made up my mind to go ahead with writing a book about Pontius Pilate in film, the quintessential Roman in the quintessential modern art form. How much fun would that be, … Continue reading

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Protected: But Let Judgment Run Down As Waters

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