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Literary Travelogue: Big Sur

Ever since I moved out to San Francisco in November 2014, I’ve been trying to get down to Big Sur. Continue reading “Literary Travelogue: Big Sur”

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No Premium on Haste: Anthony Hecht’s “Flight Among the Tombs”

Soon it will be May, the season of the Kentucky Derby. Before the race begins, with the properly fine society, the men and women placing bets on the ponies, Continue reading “No Premium on Haste: Anthony Hecht’s “Flight Among the Tombs””

Some thoughts about WH Auden’s poem, For the Time Being

When it comes to faith, I have a much easier time brushing myself under my own rug than actually beefing up to talk about it. Continue reading “Some thoughts about WH Auden’s poem, For the Time Being”

Surfing in Tahiti. Kind of.

I’m a traveler who, one could say, is building out his portfolio. I’ve been to eighteen countries and three continents and I love to study foreign languages. When friends tell me about their travels I respond like Liz Lemon — I want to go to there. Continue reading “Surfing in Tahiti. Kind of.”

People Who Live to Travel Read Afar

The reason many of us seek out vacation rentals rather than hotels is our hunger for unique experiences. Continue reading “People Who Live to Travel Read Afar”

Dead Languages and Ghost Towns

The drive into Philipsburg in Montana truly begins when the highway brings you over a mass of land and you see a gray-green hill eerie in the northwest horizon at noon and you get the feeling you might believe in ghosts. The hill is unadorned by anything but a little snow. Philipsburg is nestled in next to the boots of another mountain. Continue reading “Dead Languages and Ghost Towns”

“I love so / I solve.”

Olives
by A.E. Stallings
70 pp. TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern. $16.95

The preparation for Greek Orthodox lent is a long celebration mixing faith and food, and one night’s feast is known as Tsiknopempti, or Smoke Thursday. “The cooked meat fills the air with smoke that rises to the gods,” an American poet living in Athens explained to me over coffee. Continue reading ““I love so / I solve.””

Pass / Fail Pulitzer

You may be hearing this for the first time: no winner for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction this year.

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Once in the West

Once in the West
By Christian Wiman
128 pp. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $28.00.

There are no cowboys or honky tonk singers in Christian Wiman’s new collection of poems, Once in the West. Instead, in a harrowing reflection on faith, death, and the way life hastens into the western horizon, our long-gone noons behind us, Wiman Continue reading “Once in the West”

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