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Reviews of our book: The Perfect Fence

Two recent takes on our attempts to untangle the meanings of barbed wire:

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The Real Poem, by Alex Caldiero

I read this little gem late this afternoon, sun low on the horizon, clouds sifting snowflakes through the light. I’ve never touched the hair of one either, Alex, but, supposing poems to be women (as Nietzsche posited about truth), you … Continue reading

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Further Intimations of Mortality

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On a Snowy Evening, Intimations of Mortality

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CLOUDS!

Working at home today — if reading Andrew Curran’s new biography of Diderot for the class on the European/American Enlightenment I’m teaching can be called work — I  witnessed a most remarkable succession of clouds.

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Fire on the Mountain

Three months ago we were evacuated from our home in Woodland Hills, Utah, along with other residents of our town and people in Elk Ridge, Covered Bridge Canyon, and residents in Hobble Creek Canyon, because of a threatening fire burning … Continue reading

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Hyunmee Lee at the NuArt Gallery in Santa Fe

Lyn and I spent an afternoon during our Thanksgiving break with our friend Hyunmee Lee’s new paintings in Santa Fe, an exhibition called “Epochal Dimensions.” We have lived for a decade with three of Hyunmee’s paintings. I wrote about the … Continue reading

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My Son and My Friend: Birthdays on November 24

This conjunction of birthdays (my son Ben and my friend Sam) leads me, today, to think about friendship and family. Father/Son relationships are difficult in as many ways as they are rewarding. “Your mum and dad,” as Philip Larkin famously … Continue reading

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A Utah Woman

. . . who tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to prison on Monday — a three-year-to-life sentence.” The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 October 2018 “The prosecutor said human life meant nothing to her. ‘She is … Continue reading

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En attendant Godot: First Edition!

I was looking through some of my books this week and found this one hiding behind some others: I opened it carefully and found this: A first edition! Published in 1952. I looked around the internet and found copies in … Continue reading

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