Michael Finke

Michael Finke is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was on the Washington University in St. Louis faculty from 1988 to 2006. The most recent of his eight scholarly books are Freedom from Violence and Lies: Anton Chekhov’s Life and Writings (Reaktion Books: London, 2021), and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov (edited with Michael Holquist; MLA: NY, 2016).

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Why I Fly

Tomorrow I will drive thirty miles to pull out of a pole-barn hangar with peeling sheet metal siding a seventy-year-old, tube-and-fabric realization of my deeply embedded, retro dream, because for me and for the folks I most enjoy drinking a beer with, the soul is still to be found in flight and the machines that do it.