Category Archives: Literature

No One at ABC/ESPN Seems to Have Read Homer or Virgil.

Or at least not the Odyssey or the Aeneid. I’m not sure how else to explain their actions. Around the twenty-ninth minute of last Saturday’s broadcast of the Alabama vs. USC  game they ran a series of graphics. The first, … Continue reading

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It’s Bye Week. That Means Osso Buco For Some Reason.

Because I said so. That’s reason enough. This is the scenario we have all been dreading. Ole Miss needs a loss if my beloved Crimson Tide is to have a shot at a playoff berth and there are only so … Continue reading

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The Ecstasy of Mark Halperin

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence.” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. “I want the pleasure of losing it again.” It’s from This Side of Paradise and remains one of my favorite lines from the genre that includes Look Homeward Angel, … Continue reading

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Let’s Ban Some Books

I read A. Barton Hinkle’s latest, Why Sermons, Tweets, and Campus Speech Are Targets of Liberal Censorship Attempts, at reason.com this morning. I’ve got some basic problems with the article, among them that until recently “censorship was a largely conservative … Continue reading

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A Question of Plagiarism.

What is to be done with an ostensibly original phrase or sentence that sounds oddly familiar. Unease at the possibility that the bit came from an article or book read years ago and over time crept into your argumentative arsenal … Continue reading

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Literary Cravings Part The Second: Oxtail and Barley Soup

As I have mentioned before on these electronic pages, I have no defense against a well written description of food. I want what the characters in the book I’m reading are eating and I want it regardless of season, availability, … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Walt Whitman, The Anti-P.O.E.T.S. Day “Poet”

From the more rugged part of the British Isles, where whisky is spelled properly, we take the P.O.E.T.S day tradition (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). This week’s patron falls somewhat outside of the traditional P.O.E.T.S. Day mold, having never been … Continue reading

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Foccaccia Pizza with Anchovies and a Bit of Flash Fiction, Because, Why Not?

I was so happy with my jaunt into to baking that isn’t really baking because it’s only flat bread that I’ve gone and done it again. The classic Neopolitan thin crust pizza with tomatoes, anchovies, mozzarella, and basil as seen … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S Day: Christopher Marlowe

From Scotland, the top of the world’s acceptable living conditions, we take the finest tradition of the working class: P.O.E.T.S. Day (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). This weeks patron is Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, so possibly Shakespeare if you forgot your … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus as Channeled by Geoffrey Lehmann

From the moderately chilly land of Scotland (61° Fahrenhiet and mostly cloudy as of this writing) we take the P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition: Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday. This week’s patron wordsmith: Emperor Nero, at least his persona as assumed by … Continue reading

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