Perpetrating a Freud on Sophocles and Shakespeare

By |2018-08-25T01:18:26-05:00January 27th, 2018|

After tainting Oedipus, Sigmund Freud goes even further in his defaming of virtuous characters in literature, dragging the noble Hamlet through the same ignoble mire of his smutty, sex-obsessed imagination… The ignorant pronounce it Frood, to cavil or applaud. The well-informed pronounce it Froyd, But I pronounce it Fraud. —G.K. Chesterton (“On Professor Freud”) Poor old [...]

Making and Revealing

By |2018-12-26T15:20:35-05:00July 28th, 2017|

Making art is a mode of revealing the world in new ways… For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing about the opportunity to make a new Catholic culture, not from scratch and not from attempts to appropriate whatever happens to be popular at the moment, but from the immense resources available in the [...]

The World of the Poet

By |2018-10-30T14:54:11-05:00June 17th, 2016|

Man, it is often said, cannot jump over his own shadow. The poet—and by “poet” I mean a writer of imaginative works in verse or prose—leaps over the universe… Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. I We not only read a novel, we enter into its created world. [...]

Myth, Sacred Story & Epic: Imagination and Making Fictions

By |2018-11-21T08:38:53-05:00June 7th, 2016|

A Reflection on Three Questions Concerning the Re-telling of Sacred Stories and of Myths (An Academically Disreputable Inquiry) Questions: Are there canonical sources—gold-standards—for myths, and how would we recognize them? Should our re-visioning of sacred persons and mythical people stay true to the standard version? Should there be myth-dilations? […]

The Enduring Legend of “Antigone”

By |2018-11-21T08:39:00-05:00February 15th, 2016|

Antigones, by George Steiner (Clarendon Press, 1984; Oxford Paperback, 1986) Anyone who has reread the Antigone about as often as is profitable for the time being might consider turning to this book. The curious plural of its title is glossed on the cover of the paperback: “How the Antigone legend has endured in Western literature and thought.” [...]

Requiem for a Soldier

By |2016-08-06T15:52:49-05:00July 4th, 2014|Tags: |

And yet I seem to know this simple truth: If the bestowing of the famous armor Had rested with Achilles while he lived, To give them as a war-prize to the bravest, No rival then would have filched them from my hands; -Sophocles, Ajax The Greek playwright Sophocles once wrote the tale of a [...]

Welcome to Colonus: The Theban Plays of Sophocles

By |2018-11-21T08:39:31-05:00June 28th, 2012|

Sophocles: The Theban Plays, translated by David R. Slavitt This is the most stripped-down version of the three Theban plays of Sophocles that I have read. As I write, I am surrounded by more than 15 translations retrieved from my shelves and the college library. David Slavitt’s book is by far the shortest and [...]