Dear Eric, Rereading what I wrote about Anabases yesterday it dawned on my how I cannot allow this week of posts about your book to become anything approximating a review. I am currently months behind the review of another book and taking this mode of writing on at the same time seems especially perverse. That […]

Anabases begins (unlike Xenophon’s Anabasis) with a preface, of sorts, written by Morad Montazami. In this brief text (‘Coming Back, Coming Up, Coming About’), the first third of which acts as the blurb for the book, split between the inside front and back cover flaps, Montazami offers a series of suggested strategies for making our […]

Paul Celan had two sons: the elder was named Francois, and the younger Eric. François died shortly after birth, but Eric was very close to his father until the poet’s suicide in 1970. In July 1959, when Celan, his wife and the 5 year-old Eric visited Sils-Maria in the Swiss alps, the poet planned to […]

For the next seven days I am going to document my experience reading French artist Eric Baudelaire’s book Anabases (as well as Xenophon and, perhaps Arrian). Here is the blurb (written by Morad Montazami) so you have some idea of what’s in store: This book is not for reading but for wandering. Its lines do […]

When we think of sport in the ancient Roman world we are immediately confronted with the image of epic gladiator contests in the Colosseum. Yet during the Roman Republic, such contests were held in an area called the Forum Boarium and then, eventually the Roman Forum itself, the epicenter of Roman political and social life. […]

Dear Senator, As your constituent, I respectfully request that you work to increase State Share of Instruction (SSI) funding and remove the unwarranted, anti-faculty provisions that were added by the House to Am. Sub. HB 49. Below are my general concerns which I have framed by offering a pertinent example from my professional experience in […]

Xenocrates (396-313 BCE) was the third head of the Platonic Academy. He studied with Plato and had traveled with him to Sicily. He is most well known for developing, from Plato’s texts (e.g. the Symposium) and teachings, a theory of demons. Writing centuries later, Plutarch tells us how Xenocrates used to teach his theory of […]

If you search Google Image for “Mary Miss” “Ohio State” you come up with the following kind of image of the artist’s interactive work This Artwork on the OSU campus: Beyond this kind of front-on image, there is little online presence that gives a sense of the depth and interactive quality to the work. Here […]

If you’re interested in Plato, you’re reading the wrong book. If you’re interested in difficult childhoods, sexual misadventures, aesthetics, cultural history, and the reasons that a club sandwich and other meals—including breakfast—have remained in the memory of the present writer, keep reading. —from Yvonne Rainer Feelings Are Facts: a life, 2013. 496 pp. | 7 […]

Last Fall, when I was teaching the class for the OSU Art department (with artist Suzanne Silver) called Drawing Ideas, we explored how Plato’s philosophy, and the Republic in particular, offered ways of thinking about key themes in drawing (e.g. form, idea, mimesis, dialogue and myth). One of the topics was on ‘Formlessness and Nothing’ […]