Leslie Kurke and Aesop
Yesterday, Leslie Kurke, a Classical Studies professor from Berkeley, gave a lecture about “Aesop, Popular Culture, and Greek Prose” for the Carl Deppe Memorial Lecture at UCSC. It was awesome, especially because before this, I hadn’t really thought of Aesop in the Classical Greek context at all. When I think of Aesop, I think of Aesop’s fables, which are not so much...
The magic of politics has died.
The candidate’s statement in the back of my voting pamphlet just murdered it. So I was reading my voter pamphlet today– you know, the part with all the candidate’s personal statements. I had this adrenaline rush as I opened my pamphlet. It’s my first time voting, and I’m totally enjoying my little power trip of being a contributing member of society. Then I read the...
Pack a Small Bag
Easier said than done, Frank Sinatra.
Plagiarism? Oh, humanity!
As I researched Bostonian culture for my book, I came across a strikingly similar few paragraphs in different books: Contrary to popular belief, the city of Boston was not founded by passengers of the Mayflower. However the first person to set foot upon Plymouth Rock that cold December day in 1620 when the band of approximately 150 persons landed was a young woman, Mary Chilton by name, who was...
Fear and Trembling
As one who has just returned from an Early Christianity midterm, I feel very much like an Israelite who has just crossed the Red Sea, obliterating armies of oppressors in the process. Now all I have to do is wander in the desert for 40 years, then SUMMER!!! (AKA the promise land). But I’ve felt like this many times before: when I graduated high school, when I was promoted from eighth...
Is May really National Runners' Month?
While watching American Idol (NO! NOT SIOBHAN! NOT SIOBHAN!!!!!) I saw an ad for Dick’s Sporting Goods that looked pretty legit. It said May was National Runners’ Month. I was taken aback by this news. May is National Runners’ Month?? I’m a runner. I read Runner’s World. How did I not know this? I should celebrate! By going to Dick’s Sporting Goods!! ...