ACADEMIC WRITING (1130) - Introduction - Contents - Outline - SCHEDULE: Week 1-5 — Week 6-10 — Week 11-14 - Higher Learning - Essay Structure - Marking - Rhetoric: Introduction & 3 Aims - 16 Strategies - Rhetorical Analysis Samples - Lord of War - Twain & Gore - Calvino - Gandhi - Evaluation - Boston Legal - Samples - Research - Texts: Mad Men - Cox - Mad Men Notes
POETRY (1114) - Introduction - Contents - Outline - SCHEDULE: Week 1-7 - Week 8-14 - Higher Learning - Essay Structure - Marking - Essays - READINGS: Week 2-4 — Week 5-6 — Week 8-10 — Week 11-13 — Worksheets: Hamlet - Sonnet 116 - Romance - Ophelia - Ermita - Achilles - Rough Passages - Hallelujah - Lemonade
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS - Contents - Writing About Literature: Six Categories: Preface — 1: Space — 2: Time — 3: Character — 4: Relationship — 5: Theme & The Mermaid — 6: Style & Style Exercises — Writing About Music: Description - Terms A-L - M-Z - Analyzing Audio-Visual: Moulin Rouge! - Mad Men - Lord of War - Gandhi — Boardwork
Gospel & Universe - a multi-genre exploration of agnosticism
The Confused Astronomers of Babylon (fiction)
The Priest’s Dilemma (poetry & fiction)
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The Pulse is an experimental novel — in progress — about the danger of talking to intergalactic strangers. Because it contains diverse narrations, locations and genres, I’ve provided an introductory section with an annotated table of contents, a list of characters by location, a glossary of terms and places, and a general sense of the layout in Chart & Maps.
Part One - Paris: The Actress - Paris: Equations - Italy: Di Parma - Lactar8: On Lactar8 - BC: Dinner Guests from Baulis Prime - BC: On Becoming Human - BC: The Collected Works of Humpty Dumpty - The Great Void: Antiny the 23rd - BC: In the Dark Water 1: The Subcircadian Homework Blues - BC: In the Dark Water 2: My Own Personal Rheinmaiden - Alberta & Fallar Ultima: Fairy Tales - Alberta: Quest - The Soul Star: The Hidden Star - Alberta: Seduction - Baulis Prime: The Ascendancy of Baulis Prime - BC: In the Dark Water 3: J. Alfred & the Weird Sisters - BC: In the Dark Water 4: The Prophecy of the Völva - Paris: The Academic - Paris: Probabilities - Baulopolis: Fractal Masters & Fractal Mystics
Part Two - Diopolis, Fallar Ultima: The Chancemasters of Die - Italy: Di Firenze - Alberta: And Carbunkle His Eyes - BC: The Stories They Told Themselves - BC: In the Dark Water 5: Back to Black - BC: In the Dark Water 6: Sailing Dangerously Toward a Thesis - NYC: Prophecy 1: The Political Climate - Paris / Tokyo: Lestatique - Alberta: Mirror, Mirror - The Allspace & Ovular 1: The Eggs of Cosmic Chance - The Great Void: Antiny the 23rd - BC & Vicino Lontano: At Sea - Florida & NYC: Jason & the Diplomat: Part 1 - Rome: Roma - BC: Still Waters - NYC: Prophecy 2: Fax Americana - Alberta: Prester John - Rome: Times New Roman - Florida & NYC: Jason & the Diplomat: Part 2 - Paris: Madame Dupont - Alberta: On Becoming Alien - Alberta: Güsfreude - BC Virus - Rome: Di Roma - BC: Alien Extraction - NYC: Prophecy 3: The Storm Troopers Return - Paris: All Shook Up - BC: Total Collapse
Part Three - BC: In the New Beginning - Paris: Les Mouches - BC: En Route to the Old Cafe - Vicino Concordia: The Anunnaki - Paris: At First Sight - BC: Screen Time - Paris: First Contact - Fallar Discordia: The Condensation of Demon Saints - BC: Dear Matthew - The Soul Star: The Soul Star - Paris: Au Bord de la Seine - Vicino Lontano & the Soul Star: The Crazy Diamond - Fallar Ultima: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive - Alberta & the Soul Star: The Ties That Bind - The Soul Star: The Bind That Flies - Rome: In the Field of Flowers - BC: The French Maid - Alberta: The Monster in the Manor - BC: Of Sand & Salt - BC: The Baulomorphs Get It On - Vicino Concordia: On the Golden Hill - Part Four - NYC: From the Battery
Time’s Electric Chariot - Poems to My Dad: Teeing Off - Batter Up! - Sky Train - Dying by the Law - Poems to the Void: Dying by the Numbers - Living by the Numbers - On Time - Alas, Poor Yorick - On the Pageant Faded - All Those Things the Wise Men Say
GOSPEL & UNIVERSE explores agnosticism using prose, art, poetry, history, astronomy, religion, etc. It explores some of the ways we got to not knowing an ultimate truth, and some of the things that might follow from not knowing.
—— 1. The Sum of All Space contrasts our limited human perspective with the grand claims some make about universal Truth. — Location Cubed: Third Spinning Rock from the Sun — Competing Explanations — Cities of God — Dogma and the Stars — The Paradox of Infinity: The Chinese Sky — The Outer Reaches 1 — The Outer Reaches 2 — Two Poems: If Only 1: Bruno & Yeats — If Only 2: San Francesco d'Assisi —— 2. Religion explores the development and diversity of religion, monotheism, and Christianity. — In the Beginning: Myth and Religion — East & West 1 — East & West 2 — The Currents of Sumer 1: The Whore — The Currents of Sumer 2: The Flood — Systems of Dread — Systems of Hope — Abraham's Vice — Christianity: Agora Phobia — Currents of Christianity — Selective Grace — Aquinas & Dante — Primum Mobile — Don't Forget the Miller — Summa Post Theologica —— 3. Agnosticism argues that the open doubt formulated by Thomas Henry Huxley can help us to avoid dogma, both in religion and science. The Problem with Explanations — Two Sides of the Fence — Secrets and Mysteries — Agnostic Geometry — The Crystal Ball of Science — Veils — Gods & Souls — Versions of Deity — Mere Religion? — Churches of Thought —— 4. Saint Francis contrasts positive and negative tendencies in Christianity. San Francisco — The Baby and the Bathwater — Keeping Baby — Believe It or Else — The Cosmic Casino — "Open Your Heart" 1 — "Open Your Heart" 2 — Caritas — Holy Dreamers — From Kerry to Crete — Beyond Whose Bourne — Canticle to the Stars —— 5: Almost Existential explores the precarious freedom of an agnostic perspective. Poor, Bare, Forked — Doctors of Revolt — The Status Quo — Hitler's Perfect World — Ontology Precedes Epistemology — The Permeable Self — Starbucking — The Readiness is All
The Confused Astronomers of Babylon is a comic, fictional account of Moses in Babylon. Moses & the Apple Merchants of Babylon — Eastern Gods — Golden Calves — The Holy Bin — Final Judgments — Aziz & the Crimson Goblet — The Confused Astronomers of Babylon 1 — The Confused Astronomers of Babylon 2 — In the Beginning — Adam & the Snake — The Journey West
The Wink of the Simurg (in progress) is a critical study of Salman Rushdie's early novels, focusing on his use of mythic and religious paradigms such as as the flight to Attar's Mount Qaf or the union of Parvati and Shiva on Mount Kailasa.
Photos & About Me
Places & Travel - Paris, 2010 — Mexico — Croatia & Slovenia — Ireland — Golf Courses in B.C. — Athens — Russian Spires — Salta & Igauzú — Taormina to Turin — Rome: About Town — From Mallorca to Madrid
Art & History - Mesopotamia: from Sumer to Assyria — Egypt: Cats, Coffins, & the Afterlife — Hindu & Buddhist Art - 1. From The British Museum — 2. From Le Guimet — Roman Sculpture: Dramas in Stone — Florence: the Sacred & the Profane — Pisa: Towers & Triptychs