some favorites

Some favorite posts—First, a piece I wrote years ago when I first speculated that I might quit teaching school. Next, an essay I wrote not long after beginning this blog. It addresses itself, presumptuously perhaps, as a critique of a lecture by The Archbishop of Canterbury. I have some abiding concerns about my church and its place in the world. This essay articulates some of them. After that I’ve included a piece from summer 2009 that recalls MacLeish’s “Voyage to the Moon” and includes some thoughts about the wonderful Joan Baez, whom we heard here live that summer. Next is a piece about Paul Robeson, with a little You Tube video I made in his honor after noting that Baez sang “Joe Hill.” That video has collected many pages of comments by now, only a few of them negative, and well over half a million hits. Then, there’s a piece about politics in which I review a friend’s book and talk about Isaiah Berlin. Next, I’ve included a piece I wrote when I finally retired; and last for now, the most recent iterations of two personal essays, each of which I have published twice. I may change this page and/or add to it as time goes by; and in case you’re wondering, I am fully retired now.

the loss of the university
posted Friday, November 5, 2010

to fix a canon
posted Tuesday, April 24, 2007

presences among us
posted Monday, July 20, 2009

“alive as you and me”
posted Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Metaphysical politics

posted Thursday, February 16, 2012


no continuing city

posted Tuesday, May 12, 2016


into my own again

posted Tuesday, September 29, 2014


Go Down, Moses

posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016