Tag Archives: Immortal For Quite Some Time

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

We order our lives with barely held stories. As if we have been lost in a confusing landscape, gathering what was invisible and unspoken . . . sewing it all together in order to survive, incomplete. . . . Now … Continue reading

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Hunting the Truth

Reading a review in the NYRB of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld’s memoir, I see a photo of Beate Klarsfeld with her arm raised in the Bundestag where she is shouting at the Chancellor before being removed from the chamber: “Kiesinger, … Continue reading

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River of Lost Souls

I just read Jonathan P. Thompson’s The River of Lost Souls (Torrey House Press, March 2018). The book unsettled me. Profoundly. On August 5, 2015, EPA contractors who were investigating a portal of the Gold King Mine above Durango accidentally … Continue reading

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Angels in America

Last night, in the small but ambitious “An Other Theater” in Provo, Utah, we saw Part One of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Our friend and colleague and wonderful actor Kim Abunuwara played Hannah (and, as Kushner suggests, she also played … Continue reading

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Books and Book Sites

As my books slip away from consciousness, time for a reminder and links to pages with lots of information and photos about each one. Beginning with the most recent: The Perfect Fence: Untangling the Meanings of Barbed Wire (with Lyn Bennett, … Continue reading

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“Bucket of Tits”: A Labor Day Story from IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME

Combing my hair after a shower, I finger a thick scar on my forehead and remember a summer’s night on a drilling site between cotton fields outside Eloy, Arizona. A pump had lost pressure because of worn gaskets, and we … Continue reading

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Gravity is not just a good idea, it’s the law

This last week I read Maximilian Werner’s Gravity Hill (University of Utah Press, 2013). I’m glad I did. Although there are plenty of stories in the book about a young man growing up in Salt Lake City with other young people … Continue reading

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. . . evenly knotted barbed wire fences

A couple of weeks ago John Fowles, a former student of mine when I was teaching in the BYU Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, wrote me from China, where he was on business. “I’ve been reading your ‘non-memoir’ Immortal for … Continue reading

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Immortal for Quite Some Time — Time Moves On

Yesterday would have been my brother John’s 66th birthday. June 3rd. Since 1991 that date has been a reminder to me, an occasion to reflect again on fraternity and loss. Yesterday passed without a thought. Today, writing about my friend … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

  My dad, just out of high school, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for flight training. This led to his service as navigator of a B-29 flying from Tinian and Iwo Jima to bomb Japan. Here’s what I write … Continue reading

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