While at Oxford, Walker focused on early novels, figure drawing at the Ruskin School of Art, very late coffees with friends on Gloucester Green, and rowing. He then taught English literature to rising seniors at Pembroke College, Oxford, and returned, after years away, to his native Nashville to reignite his love of country music. Walker now teaches history to incarcerated students and writes. He knows small Latin and less Greek. This fall, he would like, finally, to finish David Hume’s History of England and to explore the cave on the Cumberland River where Timothy Demonbreun, the infamous French-Canadian fur trader, once lived.