Tag Archives: "I burn my candle at both ends"

NFL Rookie QBs and Mac the Knife

RGIII, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck are escape artists in the mode of Mac the Knife.

Posted in Gay (John), Harris (Joel Chandler), Homer, St. Vincent Millay (Edna) | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poetry in a Time of Mourning

Poetry by E. A. Robinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay played a key role in my cousin’s memorial service.

Posted in Bates (Daniel), Robinson (Edward Arlington), St. Vincent Millay (Edna) | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Romanticism, Classicism, and Football

Peyton Manning  Note: I owe the underlying idea for this post to a reader contribution to Stampede Blue, an Indianapolis Colts fan website.  I have combed through Stampede Blue’s archives and haven’t been able to locate the original post.  If anyone has seen it, I ask that they let me know and I’ll give proper […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , | Comments closed


  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

  • Sign up for weekly newsletter

    Your email will not be shared or sold.
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!
  • Twitter Authentication data is incomplete