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Dante for Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I am silly.   Too many garish lights.  Too many inside jokes. Too many dioramas involving Socrates and snowmen.  I love Christmas and the broader holiday season unabashedly. But I also know that for many... Continue Reading →

A Winter’s Tale in Winter: Knowing Like a Lover Does

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale begins with a familiar plot device, best friends divided because one person mistakingly believes that the other has betrayed him by sleeping with his partner. A number of highjinks follow until friend one realizes his mistake... Continue Reading →

Bearing a Burden: Dante Wants to Carry Your Bags

As much as Dante's Divine Comedy is about the power of romantic love (as it is for the sake of Beatrice that Dante is willing to go through all of the terror of Inferno and the arduous climb of Purgatory),... Continue Reading →

Dreaming With Dante

It is a well known fact that I am not a morning person. Waking up is bad; being woken up is evil - which is to say, it makes me evil.  This is not an exaggeration.  I no longer will... Continue Reading →

Tim: BFFs and the Philosopher King

Today while I was cleaning up the rest of the leaves in advance of a predicted snow squall, Tim decided that we were actually playing a game - a delightful game that involved him launching his 113 pounds at my... Continue Reading →

Falling Leaves and “Of Mice and Men”

Today all the leaves got undressed in our yard and expected me to pick up after them.  And let me tell you, it looked like those trees had invited their friends and relatives to do the same - a variable... Continue Reading →

The Temptation of Freedom: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Postscript

Running thematically throughout Shakespeare's The Tempest is the desire for freedom and how this desire might be incorporated into a just and stable political community. Ariel, Caliban, and even Miranda, for instance, all seek in their own ways to be... Continue Reading →

The Tempest of My Heart: Shakespeare and Home Renovations

I am not a patient person. I hate waiting. I hate the wasted time involved in running errands. Relaxing is not a skill I desire nor one which I posses. Patience is no virtue. And whoever said that was a... Continue Reading →

Mastering Freedom: Masters of Sex and American Regime

Last week, the good people, or good person, Joseph Parry, at Rowman and Littlefield asked if I would guest blog for them about a current television series. Here's what I had to say about Showtime's Masters of Sex. (Check out the... Continue Reading →

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