Monthly Archives: June 2013

Dueling Scar

German students, members of mostly right-wing fraternities called “kämpfende Verbindungen,” used to fence fiercely. When they were cut on the face, they tended the wound with salt to make sure there would be a good scar. While my encounter with … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross in Peter Handke’s Die linkshändige Frau

HandkeOnline (of the Austrian National Library) has just published my analysis of Handke’s story — a look at how the traditional Stations of the Cross are invoked  as structure while being emptied of meaning. The drawing is by Ernst Mach … Continue reading

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Shiny Happy People Holding Hands: A Clarinet Solo

Just talked with my son Tom, a jazz musician working in New York. In the course of the conversation, after some prying on my part, he said he had recorded a song for a video game called Bioshock Infinite. Here’s … Continue reading

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Interview with Zarko Radakovic

In response to the publication of his Book about Music (with David Albahari), an interview with Zarko Radakovic has appeared HERE. Although I can’t read Serbian, I can see that I appear (my name nicely declined) early in the interview: … Continue reading

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Solstice Massacre

First there was the sun, rising in the notch just minutes after 7 a.m., rising as far south as it will get this year (oops! I meant north, I’ve made this mistake before, wonder why?). Now, slowly, it will climb … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

Who are you? I asked him, sitting on the bank of the Rhine, again upriver from the city center. Cologne is a good place to ask me that question, he answered. It is a city that has repeatedly stretched my … Continue reading

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The Draft: Vietnam

We sat on a bench on the bank of the Rhine River, about a kilometer, or was it a full mile, upstream from the Cologne cathedral and train station. He commented on the power of the flowing water, on the … Continue reading

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DESIRE

after another day of frustration, days after blooming in pink masses — up to 50 thumb-sized flowers on a stalk — after opening their lascivious throats to the sun, after sending out potent clouds of perfume day after day after day, … Continue reading

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New Book by Zarko Radakovic and David Albahari

Laguna Press in Belgrade is announcing the publication of the new “Book about Music” by Radakovic and Albahari. Click HERE. Here a photo taken during the discussion of the new book. The cover, and also a photo of the two … Continue reading

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Peter Handke’s 1966 Speech at the Princeton Meeting of the Gruppe 47

I  did this translation at the request of an archivist at Vienna’s Burgtheater for an upcoming performance. It is a provocative little speech, available for listening at the web site of the Princeton University German Department. From Text + Kritik: … Continue reading

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