In Ancient Rome, Was Zeus Sorta Like Santa Claus?

A post on the parenting site Cafe Mom poses the one verboten question regarding  the Christmas season’s favorite scarlet-suited chimera: when should you expect your kids to stop believing in Santa Claus? (Actually, tons of mommy boards take up this issue; I like the Cafe Mom one best because of the exuberant fonts and GIFs) As … Continue reading

Tom Ripley and Dickie Greenleaf: Just Friends?

In Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, our morally and sexually ambivalent hero Tom Ripley meets the man he’s been sent to recall home to New York from Italy, Dickie Greenleaf, on page 47. [SPOILER ALERT] He kills him 54 pages later. In a book of less than 100,000 words, these two young men spend … Continue reading