Monthly Archives: May 2020

Saturday Potpourri: Incongruities Edition

Yes, there are awful people in the world, doing horrible things to each other and to the civilization in which we live. Yes, there is a plague upon the land, and we don’t know when — or even if — … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: “Theirs Is Not Yours”

Like many people, I’ve spent the last couple of days in a dark space. Even a sense of humor as dark as mine can be fatigued, I guess. I find myself asking Wilfred Owen’s question at the conclusion of “Futility“: … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2020

Once again, we remember. For Sgt. James Michial Moore, USA, KIA, Vietnam, and those before and after. Archibald MacLeish was an ambulance driver and artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, a naval aviator, was killed on 14 October 1918. Kenneth … Continue reading

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Singing Them Dead Girl Blues

It’s a truism that mathematicians and theoretical physicists seem to peak young. Newton’s fundamental work was done in his twenties, as was Einstein’s greatest work. A lot of musical acts tend to do so as well. I don’t think it’s … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, at My Masters Institution…

… interesting things are going on. The U of Kentucky is known for its men’s basketball program, of course, which has brought both pride and embarrassment over the school’s history. But we’ve also taken a great deal of pride in … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner Goes to Salford

John Cooper Clarke is a British writer and performance poet, who came up in the punk and post-punk scenes of the late 70s and early 80s. He made several albums with musical accompaniment from The Invisible Girls, a band of … Continue reading

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Plaguepourri: An Interruption in the Interruption

Last Saturday was supposed to be the Spring Commencement here at Mondoville, but as is the case with so many things these days, it is postponed until date uncertain. We’re now engaged in May Term, but I never teach during … Continue reading

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In Search of the Lost Chord (Organ)

Levi Stahl  has said that the subtext of every movie from the 1970s is the material crappiness of the 1970s. Certainly, as a child of that era, I get his point. And I think that one of the emblems of … Continue reading

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