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Ari Berk

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Ari Berk is a writer, artist, and scholar of literature, folklore, and myth. Former student of and assistant to Pulitzer Prize winning writer N. Scott Momaday, Ari has written everything from academic works on ancient cultures to popular books about myths and legends for children and adults and, most recently, a trilogy of novels. He works in a library filled to the ceiling with thousands of arcane books and more than a few wondrous artifacts. When not writing, he moonlights as professor of mythology and folklore at Central Michigan University. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. Visit him at www.ariberk.com.

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Recent excavations in my study following the completion of the manuscript for LYCH WAY (you wouldn't believe what a mess working on a trilogy makes!), has led to the discovery of several sketches from years past and not so past. These works include a little watercolor of Death dressed in outlandish mummer's garb, opening the gates of winter. I seem to recall that I had once wanted to use this as a Read more of this blog post »
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Published on August 13, 2013 11:07
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"A winter gem from the greatest living master of the mythopoeic. Time, place, stone, sense, and language are set into a spiral dance that transports the reader utterly. All of Garner's novels are rooted in the urge to know a place so deeply that every" Read more of this review »
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This book is a spell of longing. Don't believe those who say "it's not for children." Poetry is for everyone, and especially those who like to discuss ideas, artistic expressions and sincerity. I could easily see this book being the basis of a very m ...more
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Loved every moment of this book. First novel I've finished and truly enjoyed in AGES. Wonderfully eerie gothic story set in post war England. Waters is a writer of the first order in my opinion. I found the story--its tensions, environs, characters-- ...more
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This is probably my favorite novel. I have read it several times and it feels like Ackroyd wrote it for me as a birthday present. That being said, it is a strange, hermetic story and you'll either love it or hate it. Much dialogue is taken from early ...more
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“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.”
Ari Berk, Death Watch

“He passed his hands over some of the fine embossed bindings as he thought, I am a book also, words and thoughts and stories held together by flesh. We open and close ourselves to the world. We are read by others or put away by them. We wait to be seen, sitting quietly on shelves for someone to bother having a look inside us.
Ari Berk, Death Watch

“And that’s the worst of it, the part no one ever tells you about.”

“What part?” he said, his voice still clenched with grief.

“How it never stops. How the pain of missing people never stops. When you burn your finger in a fire, it hurts, but it only hurts one way because you know what caused the pain and why the pain is there, and you know that it will settle, in a bit. But heart pain has facets, Silas. A thousand different sides, sharp and hard; most of them you don’t even know exist, even when you’re looking straight at them. When someone leaves, or dies, or doesn’t love you in return, well, you may think you know why your heart hurts. But wrapped in there are a hundred kinds of fear all tangled in a knot you can’t untie. Nobody wants to be alone. We all fear being left alone, being left behind. I know such things exist. But you must learn to see death as something more than loss, more than absence, more than silence. You must learn to make mourning into memory. For once a person takes leave of his life, that life becomes so much more a part of ours. In death, they come to be in our keeping. The dead find their rest within us. Thus, in remembrance, we are never alone. But people forget the power of memory. So we fear death in the deepest place of our very being, because we don’t know that memories make us immortal. We focus instead on being gone and the awful mystery behind absence. Love and death—and those two are very closely bound together—scare us because we can’t control them. We fear what we can’t control. That fear is really part of what makes us human, but mostly, we’re just afraid of the ends of stories we can’t foresee.”
Ari Berk, Death Watch

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