Entries from April 2010

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Scholars Suthrin Style

At a conference of scholars (mostly historians) on the Oldest State of the South. . . Uniformity. Unlike MLA meetings where blue jeans or black on black on black (with black Euro eyewear) prevails, the uniform of the day is the blue blazer and khaki pants (mostly men, but sometimes unisex). Depicted below, my uniformity: […]

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Mummy Dearest

One of the things that I enjoy about attending scholarly conferences is hearing about scholars’ passions, their intellectual passions, that is. So last night at a reception, I learned from S. J. Wolfe about the robust trade in linen mummy wrappings to feed America’s hunger for fine rag-content paper in the 19th and early 20th […]

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Another Thing White People Like

I’m at a scholarly conference at a small college with big pretensions, where Christian Lander could add to his list of Stuff White People Like: strip-mall neo-Colonial or convention hotel neo-Georgian architecture. In this case, this college started out as a junior college extension of Oldest Southern College, declared its independence, got a makeover with […]

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

TP: Bogus Populism, Bogus Grassroots

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll: Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class . . . The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, […]

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Vatican Preaching, Serious Medical Condition, Surgery

Widely reported today, Good Friday among Christians, is the sermon delivered before Pope Benedict XVI (formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger) by Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who holds the office of preacher of the papal household. Friar Cantalamessa likened recent criticism of the Pope’s inaction in a priest-pedophile abuse case (when Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich, Germany) […]