Autumn Reading

“Aprils have never meant much to me,” says Truman Capote in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and I agree with him. I was made for autumn. Give me, as Ray Bradbury wrote, “That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noonsContinue Reading »

Mr. Smith Goes to War: The Curious Case of the Fighting 50 Year Old

Movie Review: Fury (2014) Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal. Written and directed by David Ayer. “War is cruelty and you cannot refine it.”—William Tecumseh Sherman The World War II movie has been around as long as the war itself. Hollywood began churning out anti-Nazi flicks even before combatContinue Reading »

The Reason Why

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition–Jacques Barzun William Arthur Ward wrote that the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires. Carl Vipperman, my very first history professor at the University of Georgia, died on June 28, 2014, atContinue Reading »