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Nibley Documentary Faith of an Observer to Screen at Sunstone Film Festival

The Sunstone Film Festival will feature a retrospective screening of the documentary film Faith of an Observer: Conversations with Hugh Nibley. The movie will show in the Union Theater in the University of Utah Olpin Student Center on Saturday, August 2, at 2:00. Following the screening there will be a discussion on the making of the film with two of the filmmakers involved, Sterling VanWagenen and Hugh’s son Alex Nibley. Continue reading

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World War II Memories: I lied Until I Even Cheered Myself Up

We sailed from Bristol on June 4 and on the sixth were off Vierville. My fate seems always to have been first in line. Our ship headed the convoy and as if that were not enough our party was to be the first ashore when contact was made with the division. Continue reading

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A Vast and Admirable Intelligence Dedicated to Wanton Destruction

I was walking behind an elderly couple in the woods one day as they discoursed on Hitler. He was nothing but an Abenteuer, they decided, a sordid opportunist — and they might have known it all along, fools that they had been, for couldn’t anyone see that he had dark hair instead of blond! Continue reading

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Hugh Nibley’s World War II Diary

June 6: D-Day. Pass the Bill of Portland and land across vast masses of flak in the morning. A ship next to us goes down in about 8 minutes. Continue reading

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Hugh Nibley, World’s Worst Politician

Only in the light of the acrimony of our recent ultra-polarized politics have I come to understand the lesson of the time I discovered my father was the world’s worst politician. Continue reading

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From a Muddy Foxhole of the “Bridge Too Far”

In the times of total confusion which lie ahead let us not forget how clearly our own behavior has foreshadowed the horrible commotion of the earth and the elements. I speak in the prophetic vein, because the signs of an impending readjustment in the face of the whole earth are fairly clear. Continue reading

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The Things we Feel Most Deeply Fail to Find Expression

There is no more eloquent commentary on the inadequacy and incompleteness of everything here than the fact that the things we feel most deeply fail to find expression either in words or symbols, the things we desire most eagerly we can’t even define, while the things we despise above all other things – a bondage of meaningless and repetitious chores, a guilty preoccupation with empty trifles and commonplaces – these we make to the substance of our life and action… Continue reading

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