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Daily Dose of Immortality

Every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably. –Walter Benjamin from Immortal for Quite Some Time

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Intimate Fences

Two hours ago Lyn and I sent off the final manuscript of Intimate Fences: Constructing the Meaning of Barbed Wire. Six years in the making. Two full new drafts since mid-October. Who knows how many drafts in the previous year. Now it’s up to … Continue reading

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Intimate Fences

Last night Lyn and I finished the latest draft of the entire book. We’re getting close. One more draft before the semester begins and we’ll be ready to send it out to potential publishers. About 300 pages at this point. … Continue reading

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Geneva Free Port Prison

The New York Times today features a piece about millions of works of art stored by wealthy collectors in a “free port” in Geneva for tax purposes. You buy a work of art in New York for $100 million and … Continue reading

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Fences, Borders, Inequality

[notes from a paper given on Wednesday at the UVU Humanities Symposium on Migrants, Refugees, and Borders] Control is the end promised by 19th-century barbed-wire advertisements; barbed wire is the means. “Why Barb Fencing Is Better Than Any Other,” a … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fence Cutting

Photos by Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian The invention of barbed wire in 1874 solved a pressing fencing problem and quickly posed its own problems. Barbed wire is an extremely efficient fencing material. It is also a dangerous fence, a lethal … Continue reading

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Ecologist at Work: Ben Abbott

In the French countryside just south and west of Mont Saint-Michel my son Ben and his colleagues at the University of Rennes are monitoring and evaluating a set of streams running through agricultural land. Last week I had the pleasure … Continue reading

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From Immortality to Barbed Wire

So, my book Immortal For Quite Some Time is now in the publisher’s hands. Here is the penultimate paragraph of the book. It points to the next book and at the same time reprises the themes of sexual purity, aggression against homosexuals, religion, family, … Continue reading

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Agriculture History

My father taught vocational agriculture before he became a junior-high principal. This new publication would have surprised him and made him proud. I dedicate my half of it to him.

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Surveillance by Barbed Wire

1885 Glidden Barb-Fence Journal (“Why Barb Fencing Is Better Than Any Other”) It is the cheapest; it is the most indestructible; it is proof against wind; proof against flood; proof against fire; proof against snow drifts; proof against vermin. It … Continue reading

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