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Nous sommes embarqués

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The final line of Wim Wenders’ magnificent Der Himmel über Berlin / Wings of Desire serves as the opening line of our announcement: Zarko’s and my book is here. You can buy the book on Amazon’s site and, when Elik … Continue reading

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Award for Zarko Radakovic’s and David Albahari’s “Book about Photography”

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Zarko just emailed this good news. His book with David Albahari, another remarkable Serbian writer and life-long friend, has just been awarded the prize for best non-fiction book of the year in Serbia. From the jury’s explanation [google translate version]: … Continue reading

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The Farmington, New Mexico Third Ward: A Stranger’s Home

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A week ago I spent a long weekend with my friend Doug Moeller in Farmington. His wife of 52 years, Tyra, had succumbed to cancer after a long illness, the family had gone to their homes after the funeral, and … Continue reading

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Handschmeichler: A Sabbatical Report

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August 1, and the report on my sabbatical is due. My thanks to the Department Chair, Dean, Provost, and University President who authorized what policy requires in any case, even though following policy is not their strong suit. A formal … Continue reading

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A Revelation: Three Muses Appear in a Dream

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I have been suffering from writer’s block for most of a month now, two months maybe. Part of the problem is that I’m working on four different projects: a book on the standing metaphor (almost impossibly broad and perhaps beyond … Continue reading

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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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