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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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Film of Our Lecture on the Meanings of Barbed Wire

The UVU Library has just posted this film of the lecture Lyn and I gave earlier in the month. First half about Native Americans and barbed wire, the second half about advertising barbed wire at the end of the 19th … Continue reading

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Germans on Harleys

Scott Carrier’s ecstatic piece on Germans in the landscape of southern Utah is now up on the Goethe Institute’s site (#11). Beautiful, idyllic, isn’t it, Scott says, channeling Alex Caldiero. The Germans he interviews keep saying it is the “wideness” of … Continue reading

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Rick Gate: Anthology

This morning, I drove to Spring City with artists Alex Caldiero and Tom Schulte. We met Rick Gate at Das Cafe, where, joined by Otto Mileti, former owner of the Zephyr Club in SLC, we ate Bratwurst, mashed potatoes with … Continue reading

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Goethe, Diderot, and the Lost Manuscript of Rameau’s Nephew

Reading Andrew Curran’s Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, I came across an interesting connection to something I wrote for a book my friend Zarko Radakovic and I have just finished. Curran points out that after spending time in prison for … Continue reading

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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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