Search Results: Brian Doyle

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Humanity reflected in the diversity of books

    • Brian Doyle
    • 21 April 2008

    Like people, no book is exactly symmetrical. Often the cover belies the interior, just as the bright faces of people often hide the stories beneath. Many we ignore too easily, a million we will never know, such being the way of the world.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Revelations of a responsible literary citizen

    • Brian Doyle
    • 26 March 2008

    You find all kinds of books in people's cars — from novels and comics to atlases and bibles. The books people carry reveal something of their life and experiences.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Recollections of a reluctant kids sports coach

    • Brian Doyle
    • 27 February 2008
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    At the end of his last season as coach of his sons' basketball team, Brian Doyle found himself savouring the job that he didn't want three years ago. While occasionally there is a flash of creativity and grace among his players, it's the egregious mistakes he will miss the most.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Near the hallowed cricket ground

    • Brian Doyle
    • 27 June 2007
    1 Comment

    A man walking his dog tells a story. / He tells me that when he was a child / There was a man living by the river / In a tiny hut made of leaf and thatch.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A short note on secrets

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 June 2007
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    Women and secrets led me to murky confusion where I have lived ever since. The first girl I ever kissed swore me to secrecy, but we were fourteen years old then and I didn’t actually have anyone to tell the secret to, since my brothers and friends would have fallen down laughing at the very idea that a girl had kissed me.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ash Street

    • Brian Doyle
    • 18 May 2007

    Brian Doyle considers the people of his neighbourhood

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The storycatcher charged with finding stories that matter

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 May 2007
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    Brian Doyle said 'no' to an editor's request in the aftermath of September 11: "The only proper thing in your mouth at such a time is prayer." His kids had to reflect back to him: "Well, dad, you are always lecturing us about how if God gives you a talent and you don’t use that talent that’s a sin."

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Welcome Home Dick Queen

    • Brian Doyle
    • 22 January 2007

    Dick Queen was released from captivity in July 1980 after the Iranians noticed he was getting really sick. He was one of 66 US hostages. Held at the height of summer, the Welcome Home Dick Queen party was everything you could ever want in a party.

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  • RELIGION

    A place where story and song make race and recrimination obsolete

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 November 2006

    No politician or poet from the Old World will lead us there. It will be someone from the new lands, who mills ideas into food and education and healing for thousands of people, who understands that power only matters, finally, when it is a verb.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fast forward

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 12 June 2006

    Although it feels like last Christmas was only about four months back, it also seems like a year since Reggie Bird walked out of the Big Brother house, and an absolute aeon since Kath & Kim finished.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Footloose at the foot store

    • Brian Doyle
    • 14 May 2006

    Brian Doyle recalls a shopping excursion that was anything but pedestrian.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A song of believing

    • Brian Doyle
    • 14 May 2006

    Brian Doyle’s grace notes on the joys of everyday life.  

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