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Notebooks

A beautiful new book of Peter Handke’s drawings arrived in the mail this week. The drawings are from his notebooks, most of them small, all of them of things he sees while walking or traveling. They are visual notes, like … Continue reading

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Homage to Toni Morrison

  Toni Morrison is gone. Her work remains to provoke and inspire us. As part of my book on the metaphor of standing, one essay looks at the metaphor she contrasts with Faulkner’s. Here the abstract: As I Stood Fighting … Continue reading

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Amy Irvine Loves Ed Abbey

This my response to Tonya Audyn Stiles’ July 30, 2019 “Response to Amy Irvine’s “Desert Cabal” in “The Canyon Country Zephyr,” of which she is the co-publisher: “Edward Abbey Needs No Defense” — https://www.canyoncountryzephyr.com/2019/07/30/the-august-september-issue-of-the-zephyr-2/ I couldn’t agree more; Ed Abbey’s … Continue reading

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Once Again For The United States of America

My friend and co-author Zarko Radakovic has just finished a new translation into Serbo-Croatian of Peter Handke’s book of short essays written while traveling in the former Yugoslavia, France, and Japan. The book, Once again for Thukydides, was published in … Continue reading

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A Walk with Frank

A couple of weeks ago Sam Rushforth handed me his red hat. For you, he said. That’s your favorite hat, I said. Part of my ongoing attempt to keep you from looking like a total dork, he said. Thank you, … Continue reading

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After the Fire

Last September’s fire changed the face of our mountain (Santaquin Peak). Walking on the mountainside this morning, I could still smell smoke at times and ashes were so thick in some places that nothing had yet grown through. For Nature, … Continue reading

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Reviews of The Perfect Fence

What a pleasure to have thoughtful readers. These two reviews have just been published in the June numbers of The Journal of American History and the American Historical Review. Many thanks to Michael L. Johnson and John Bezis-Selfa. Bezis-Selfa writes … Continue reading

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Alex Caldiero on Fame, Anonymity, Oblivion

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Memento mori

Last week I got a reminder from my dermatologist that I was overdue for an examination. Because of sun damage over the years to the skin on my face and arms, these are important visits, saving me more times than … Continue reading

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ULTIMATE ADIEU. I AM DYING OF COPD. DOMMAGE. APOLOGIES FOR ANY OBNOXIOUS. AU REVOIR. XXX M.R

[The title of this blog, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, is Michael Roloff’s translation of the title of Peter Handke’s novel Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter. Our correspondence over two decades consisted in large part of responses … Continue reading

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