What’s Up With Ancient Greek Epitaphs

What’s Up With Ancient Greek Epitaphs

‘Sleeping Girl,’ sculpted by Yiannoulis Halepas, 1878 [Photo: Nikos Vatopoulos]There are epitaphs, there are epigrams, and there are epigraphs. Creates a lot of confusion. (The other case like this, for me, is friable, frangible, and fungible. I’ve given up all hope...
The Tale of Genji: What Is It?

The Tale of Genji: What Is It?

A woodblock print from 1852 featuring a scene from The Tale of GenjiThe Tale of Genji—what is it? It is a super-long, super-detailed proto-novel, written in Japan in the early years of the eleventh century. It was written by a woman whose personal name is lost but who...
Et in Arcadia Ego

Et in Arcadia Ego

One winter morning, seventeen years ago, Nadya woke me up with the words “Anthony, get dressed.” She explained there was a house on 57th Street (Hyde Park, Chicago), with all the windows and doors open, students everywhere, people walking out with grocery bags of...
Waterman Redux

Waterman Redux

Three of the four that are currently preventing me from owning the whole catalogue—Wee Wings, Brief Candles, and Whimseys—apparently cannot be purchased at any price. The only way to read those bad boys is to use interlibrary loan and get ’em from Brown University,...
Limericks from beyond the Rings of Saturn

Limericks from beyond the Rings of Saturn

Illustration by Edward LearI must write about Waterman. I must try to do justice to Waterman. Inclination, affection, and duty combine: I must speak and write about Waterman. 23 September 2017, I was in Chicago. I was in a bookstore I seldom visit: Open Books. Open...