Friday, October 29, 2010

Princeton beats Oxford

At least this time of year. Princeton's Mather Sundial (above) is an intentional imitation of of the same one at Oxford's Corpus Christi College. In general, Oxford outdoes Princeton in splendor (the British having had several centuries of a head start). But as David Hart points out, when compared to the North American autumn, Europe's fall palate is subdued. For but a season, therefore, the Princeton campus wins. In both cases, however, Oxford and Princeton transmit a eucharistic message to unsuspecting students and professors: A pelican pecking itself to feed its starving young with its own lifeblood.