Category Archives: Politics

On Expression and Violence

A third of a century ago, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, a work of fiction, was published. A fatwa calling for his murder followed shortly thereafter, and there has been a bounty on Mr. Rushdie’s head for decades. Someone came … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: How Many Books Make a Hoard?

It’s about a quarter past lethal outside — heat indices for the past couple of days have been well into the triple digits, and are already on the brink right now. A consequence of this is the ever present chance … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2022

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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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Selection Sunday Edition

My Spring Break began at noon on Friday, coinciding nicely with one of my favorite times in the sports year — the college basketball conference tourneys and the first weekend of March Madness. My beloved Kentucky Wildcats will find out … Continue reading

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More News from an Old Hometown

Although I haven’t lived in Union, KY since 1987, my parents lived there for almost 31 years, from August of 1978 until they were murdered in June, 2009. Dad was the mayor from 1983 to 2003, when he finally said … Continue reading

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Labor Day Potpourri

I’m in my office, prepping a bit for a lecture on Milton’s Areopagitica tomorrow morning and continuing my efforts to find the setting on my office fridge that doesn’t freeze randomly selected beverages while leaving others as cold as they … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Sunday at the Office, and a Musical Ghost Story

Welcome to August, gang! I’ll be back in the classroom in 22 days, with three FroshComps and my Age of Johnson class this term. It seems that we’ll be masked, at least for a while, which in turn means that … Continue reading

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“Far from the Mandarin Crowd.”

I’ve mentioned this before, but academically speaking, I’m something of a dinosaur. A leading figure in my field read my dissertation in 2002, and said that it would have been state-of-the-art forty years earlier. She didn’t mean it as an … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day, 2021

No, our nation isn’t perfect — nor will it be, as it’s made up of people. But its promise is greater than that of the nations that preceded it, and it’s still the place where much of the world dreams … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2021

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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