Tag Archives: Zarko Radakovic

The Afternoon on the Sava

The journal RIC (red in corner) just published my essay about a long afternoon on a houseboat restaurant outside of Belgrade on the Sava River. It will eventually be a section of the book We: A Friendship, co-authored with Zarko … Continue reading

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My Lucky Day

A letter from Germany’s most important literary publisher!   It’s from their royalty department! I’ll be able to pay off my credit card, or maybe my mortgage. My contribution to the volume, 2.5 pages, gives me a share of the … Continue reading

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“It was twenty years ago today . . .”: Celebrity and Immortality

  Paris, 30 August 1997   “Louis Quatorze est mort en . . . en . . . en . . .”   “Oui! Oui! Oui! Oui!, says the old man’s friend quickly, hoping to forestall a lecture.”   It is … Continue reading

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Žarko Radaković: Art Critic and Photographer

I wrote earlier about notebooks, specifically about the notebooks of Peter Handke, Žarko Radaković, and Alex Caldiero — three writers whose work I admire and for whose friendship I am grateful. 107 images cut from Handke’s notebooks — cut out … 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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Notebooks

I’m writing a biography, of sorts, of Zarko Radakovic. Fragments of biography. Flights of fancy interspersed with passages from my notebooks. Reading through a notebook I filled on a trip to Alsace and Paris (in Paris I met Zarko and … Continue reading

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Zarko’s Notebook/My Notebook

The previous two posts featured Alex’s notebook and Peter Handke’s notebook . Now Zarko’s notebook with spaces left for drawings by Nina Pops: As I work on my half of our book “We: A Friendship,” I leaf through my own notebooks … Continue reading

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Another Dose of Immortality

[watercolor by John Abbott]   Horror Vacui   The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen … Continue reading

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Literary award for Zarko Radakovic

Major literary award for Zarko’s novel Kafana / Tavern. Congratulations, my friend! Zarko Radakovic is the winner of the literary award “Biljana Jovanovic” awarded by the Serbian Literary Society. Radakovic has received recognition for his book “Tavern”.   In our … Continue reading

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Daily Dose of Immortality

In the afternoon sunshine, John’s death certificate glows bright green on my desk. Never married. Sex: Male. Not a veteran. Autopsy: yes. The sun transforms the books on the north wall into an ordered riot of colors. In a radio … Continue reading

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