Barbarism Dies Hard: Mongol and US Destruction of Baghdad
Johnny Wink, a former colleague alongside whom I taught for 42 years, possesses one of the most fertile minds I’ve ever had the privilege of engaging. His legendary intellectual prowess is expansive. In addition to mastering all matters of metrics, grammar, linguistics, writing, literary criticism, current events, world history, geography, and composing poems and essays on myriad subjects, he speaks and reads Greek, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Latin, one of the most popular classes he teaches. And he’s dabbled in Arabic and Hebrew.
Johnny’s known for sending almost daily emails to former/current students and colleagues and friends across the planet. His missives include original poems, quotations, critiques of texts covering a range of grammatical, syntactical, and revelatory interpretive and argumentative fine points on composition, language and its idiosyncrasies, its cadence, its beauty, and its uses as well as its abuses.
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Halaby, Raouf J. Professor Emeritus, "Barbarism Dies Hard: Mongol and US Destruction of Baghdad" (2022). Articles. 350.