The French Connection: combining Camus and Bourdieu to explain “alternative facts”

"Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?" The internet widely attributes this quote to Groucho Marx, but the gist of the joke is that the line was spoken by Chico Marx, while dressed as Groucho. In a movie (Duck Soup, 1933). In other words, you cannot trust what you see or... Continue Reading →

Rome wasn’t built in a day: why you DO have a novel (or any other enormous project) in you!

I've been working on the Fire of Norea series for...sigh...how long, now? Four years? In a way, it's sad to think it's been so long. On the other hand, I'm working on (at least) a trilogy, and I love intricately woven plots, so I've spent quite a lot of time on the "world building" phase,... Continue Reading →

Getting my Masters Degree: “Write What You Know”

   I'm about to graduate with a degree in Religious Studies. Thursday, I submitted the final paper of my graduate degree: this one an attempt to salvage the reputation of second century Alexandrian Christian (often called "gnostic") Valentinus from the heresiological reports of Church Fathers like Irenaeus and the resulting orthodox historical narrative that shapes... Continue Reading →

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