Andrew J. Harvey
Tue, December 23, 2014
Getting St. Nicholas Right
St. Nicholas is in fact the greatest saint in the history of Christianity. Forget Peter, Paul, or Mary; St. Nicholas has them all beat. No other saint enjoys his unique relationship to all three ...
Wed, October 31, 2012
All Hallows' Eve
"On the vigil of the hallows, it was gloomily and steadily raining."
And so it is. I am quoting from a story set in 1945 London, but here we are on another eve of ...
Tue, April 07, 2009
Baseball, America, and the 21st Century
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball"
Right off the bat, Jacques Barzun's pitch ...
Tue, January 27, 2009
The Sparkle of Irony:
When Presidential politics and poetry collide
What is it with Democratic inaugurations and poetry? Poetry and politics do not mix. Never have. One or the other never fully measures up to the task of the historic moment. Alexander the Great ...
Thu, September 11, 2008
For Whom Does the Bell Toll?
Remembering September 11, 2001
Seven years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, we all remember where we were and with whom and what we were doing. I was rushing off for my 9:25 AM class; it was my first semester as a tenure-track professor. ...