As Christmas arrives once again, Jay
Parini remembers hearing the Christmas story read by his father, and he
reflects on the meaning of this birthday, two thousand years ago, and
its continuing resonance for more than two billion people around the
The arrival of a new president at UVM has Jay Parini thinking back to one of its greatest presidents,
James Marsh, an important philosopher in his time and a Founding Father
of American Transcendentalism.
Commentator Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, and Professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College. As the world – especially Israel – begins to worry in earnest about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, he’s started thinking about the consequences of invading yet another country in the Middle East.