Category Archives: Tennessee

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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Pulvis et Umbra

A final shot from Mine 21, a beautiful image of miners’ headlamps which flicker like stars about to go out. Nos ubi decidimus quo pater Aeneas, quo dives Tullus et Ancus, pulvis et umbra sumus. –Horace, Odes 4.7.14-16 When we … Continue reading

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Head-copping

An evening or two ago, I stopped into Mooney’s, the great little local market just on the border between Sewanee and Monteagle, to pick up some garlic powder. I had paid for it, when it occurred to me that I … Continue reading

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The Graveyard on Devil Step Island

My friend Adam and I had been planning to take his boat out on to Tims Ford Lake, and this Sunday seemed like the last possible day to do it until springtime. It was an unseasonably warm November day. Why … Continue reading

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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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Introduction to the revised edition of “Latin and Greek As Used at Sewanee”

From a Sewanee Features piece last year, some of you will know that I am planning on publishing (at some point in the near but as yet undetermined future) a revised edition of the little pamphlet, Latin and Greek as … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Sen. Alexander about Betsy DeVos

Dear Senator Alexander, As a former School Board member in Franklin County and professor of Classics at the University of the South, I am writing this afternoon to ask you to vote against Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. … Continue reading

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