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Associate Professor of Classical Studies The Honors College at the University of Houston

After Centuries, the Homeric Question is solved!

For those of you who have been struggling with the question of the textualization of the Iliad and Odyssey, you can now relax.  A first edition of Homer has been discovered, which will of course settle all questions about the text, as … Continue reading

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Another review in LARB

Years ago, I rather liked the essay Adam Phillips wrote on Freud and biography in Darwin’s Worms, which suggested psychoanalysis fundamentally pulls the rug out from the very idea of biography. Imagine my surprise to see Phillips later wrote a short biography … Continue reading

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Tamler Sommers—Master Podcaster!

Hey, did you know that Honors College philosophy prof Tamler Sommers has a wonderfully irreverent podcast?  Not only is it stimulating and highly entertaining—it’s also getting a LOT of notice!  As in nearly half a million downloads in little over … Continue reading

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Cremins on Manor of Speaking!

As hinted earlier, our colleague Robert Cremins has indeed reappeared as a talking head to comment on the social and historical background of Downton Abbey (Season 5, episode 1) on KUHT’s Award Winning Manor of Speaking with Ernie Manouse. http://manorofspeaking.org/this-weeks-episode/ He looks quite … Continue reading

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The Overtime Theater in San Antonio

If you’re heading over to San Antonio, you might want to check out the Overtime Theater’s productions—voted 5 years running the “best theater company in San Antonio.” I was there a while back to see The Screen Dreams of Buster Keaton … Continue reading

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Check out Robert Cremins!

My colleague Robert has given a very nice overview of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for PBS.  It’s quite a well produced short segment—check it out! When he’s not commenting on TV, he’s busy writing for the LA Review of Books. … Continue reading

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What do we look for in an oral exam?

It’s that time of year when Human Situation students are being assessed in the final oral examination.  Since oral exams are rare and the students are largely freshmen, it’s understandable that they don’t quite know what to expect.  I’m asked … Continue reading

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