Category Archives: Discursive Detours

A catch-all category.

Faustus: Good Angel, Bad Angel, Parma and Politics

(From Ken Eckert, via Wikimedia Commons, used w/o permission.) A year and three weeks ago, I started writing about Marlowe’s “Faustus” play: “The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.” Three months later, I’d finished three more. … Continue reading

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Baptism of Jesus: Third “Aha!” of the Season

(From Casey and Corey Wright, via San Diego Union Tribune, used w/o permission.) As an American, my Christmas season starts on the fourth Thursday in November. That’s when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade arrives at Macy’s Herald Square in New … Continue reading

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Epiphany, the Magi and Me: The Big Aha!

(From James Tissot, via Wikidata, used w/o permission.) (James Tissot’s “Journey of the Magi.” (1890s)) “We Three Kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, Moor and mountain, Following yonder Star….” (“We Three Kings,” John Henry … Continue reading

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Jesus, Human on His Mother’s Side: the Incarnation

(From James Tissot; via European Art Collection, Wikimedia Commons; used w/o permission.) (“Adoration of the Shepherds,” James Tissot. (ca. 1890)) We’re celebrating the birth of Jesus this weekend. Saturday night’s Gospel reading starts with “…a decree went out from Caesar … Continue reading

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