T. K. Rabb: In Memoriam

T. K. Rabb: In Memoriam

As 2019 begins to wind down, we take stock of the year and note the gaps left by our losses. One such loss is Theodore (T. K.) Rabb, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, who passed away this January. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 to a Jewish...
Classical (and Faux) Glories of New York

Classical (and Faux) Glories of New York

Classical New York: Discovering Greece and Rome in Gotham, edited by Matthew McGowan and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis. Empire State Editions, 2018. Hardcover, 304 pages, $35. Reviewed by John Byron Kuhner Among the memories of my New York City childhood—graffiti...
A Coat of Varnish

A Coat of Varnish

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson. W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. Hardcover, 592 pages, $40. Reviewed by John Byron Kuhner Genius, said Goethe, reveals itself under conditions of constraint; great minds gather strength from limitation, be it the keys...

Recovering Thoreau

TweetHenry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls. University of Chicago Press, 2017. Hardcover, 640 pages, $35. Reviewed by John Byron Kuhner Of all the great American writers, I think I pity Henry David Thoreau the most. Long paired by curriculum writers with...

Back to the Sources, Almost

Of Farming and Classics: A Memoir by David Grene. University of Chicago Press, 2006, cloth, 184 pages, $35. Reviewed by John Byron Kuhner Augustine, in praising God’s choice to place Adam and Eve in a garden that needed tending, waxed poetic. “When all is said and...

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