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Matthew Wickman’s “Life to the Whole Being”

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Good morning Matthew,             A copy of your book arrived on Friday, fast work by your distributor. This Sunday morning I have just finished reading it, testimony to how intrigued I was by your thoughts.  I write to you sitting on … Continue reading

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Pride and Pain

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The early days of June, month of Pride, overlap with John’s birthday on the 3rd. He would have been 71 this year, making him one year younger than me until my August birthday reestablished the difference at two years. I … Continue reading

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Reading Peter Handke, Part 2

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30 May 2022 My Bookmark (from Tübingen’s Osiandersche Buchhandlung, in business since 1596!) takes me to page 40 of the new book Inner Dialogues. Handke never ends a note with a period; these thoughts open to new thoughts: I don’t … Continue reading

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Reading Peter Handke

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Innere Dialoge an den Rändern 2016-2021 Inner Dialogues at the Peripheries 27 May 2022 Up at 6:30. While coffee brews, I open the new collection from Handke’s notebooks: fragments of thought, aphorisms, reading notes, reflections. I begin the day as … Continue reading

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Clipped and Controlled: BYU Fantasies

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 Yesterday a friend, a long-time member of the BYU faculty, emailed me about my Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Stranger: “I want to tell you how much your book resonated with my experience at BYU. . . . Your … Continue reading

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Zwiegespräch (Dialogue / Conversation)

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Zwiegespräch (Dialogue / Conversation) Bibliothek Suhrkamp, 2022 Peter Handke’s new book is an invitation to a conversation between two old friends, two old fools. An  invitation because I too, old fool that I am, find myself involved in the conversation from the … Continue reading

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TV Review of “Book on Friendship” — Mr. Fiery and Mr. Worthless, Authors

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Review by Jasmina Vrbavac A section of the Belgrade TV program “Cultural Center,” 20 April 2022 https://www.rts.rs/page/tv/sr/story/21/rts-2/4781905/kulturni-centar.html The section about our Book of Friendship begins at 18:06. Besides or behind or with the generous and illuminating review, a fascinating set of animations … Continue reading

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Book of Friendship

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Aleksa Đukanović“RESURRECTION” OF THE SENTIMENTAL NOVEL(Book of Friendship, Žarko Radaković / Scott Abbott, Laguna 2022.) Review in Belgrade’s daily newspaper POLITIKA Translation by the well-known wizard: google translate A book about friendship: a joint prose achievement written in two voices … Continue reading

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Testosteronies

Dear Dr. Rushforth, You don’t know me, but I have knowledge of you because I read your book Wild Rides & Wildflowers: Philosophy and Botany with Bikes. I don’t read many books but I thought that a book with Wild and … Continue reading

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Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Russian

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This week, World Literature Today posted a transcript of a conversation with Russian/American Julia Nemirovskaya and the translator of her poetry Boris Drakyuk. Julia is my former colleague at BYU and my friend. José Vergara introduces the two poets (interviewed … Continue reading

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