Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Brother is Like an Umbrella

I bought Will Self’s book on the basis of the epigraph that appears after the title page: “A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella” — James Joyce. I’m glad I did. I wish I hadn’t. It’s a difficult … Continue reading

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Spring Beauty and Elk

The elk herd is back off the mountain for the first time today. They can slip onto that alfalfa field from the oak brush that connects the mountain to the valley. And, the first little spring beauty dared open its … Continue reading

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Permafrost and Warming Climate

The permafrost is melting and that will put a lot of extra CO2 into the atmosphere. My son Ben just sent me this link to a short film laying out some of the science: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLCgybStZ4g He has the last word, … Continue reading

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A Palimpsest of Sorts

Sunday night I found a framed pastel portrait I had been looking for for several months. My brother John did it in high school, from a photo in National Geographic, if I remember correctly. Cleaning the glass, I noticed something … Continue reading

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To Duration, A Poem

For The Last Books Press, Amsterdam, I have translated Peter Handke’s “Gedicht an die Dauer.” It will appear later this year, the first translation of the little 1986 book. Peter Handke, Phil Baber, Michael Roloff, and Alex Caldiero all contributed … Continue reading

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