Category Archives: Military

“The American Cincinnatus”

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, “The American Cincinnatus” (1919) When I was a kid, I picked up a copy of the 1932 Georgetown yearbook for a dime at a second-hand store my mother and I used to go to. Being a … Continue reading

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Lauro de Bosis’ Gesture

From George Garrett’s “A Wreath for Garibaldi,” Kenyon Review 23 (1961) 487-88: It is hard for me to know how I feel about Lauro di Bosis. I suffer from mixed feelings. He was a well-to-do, handsome, and sensitive young poet. … 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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“Gassed”: My Thoughts and Another’s, Unknown

John Singer Sargent’s Gassed (1919)– I’ve seen it twice, last fall at the Frist’s WWI & American Art exhibit and, more memorably, in 2012 at the Imperial War Museum in London. The Olympics were on, and service men and women … Continue reading

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NO AND SHUT UP: Intellectualism and Its Discontents in Nancy

My friends and family all know of my deep love for Nancy, the Ernie Bushmiller comic strip. Nor I am alone in this, as the Washington Post noted earlier this year. The best  present I got last Christmas was Paul … Continue reading

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Flavinus, Easter, and Power

A note to my Sewanee-in-England students in Hexham, where we are all exhausted after climbing around Housesteads fort, as I had with my sons 6 years ago. Alas, Hexham Abbey opens at 9:30 AM but we must be on the … Continue reading

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