I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Latin/Greek) but have not navigated academe very successfully for the past thirty years. This is owed partly to my non-PC place of origin (Texas), but probably more to my conviction–along with the ancients–that human nature is immutable, and my further conviction–along with Stoics and true Christians– that we have a natural calling to surmount our nature. Or maybe I just don’t play office politics well. I’m much looking forward to impending retirement, when I can tend to my orchards and perhaps market books through Amazon whose contents have been percolating for twenty years. No, there’s nothing new (nil novi) under the sun… but what a huge amount has been forgotten!
My long-term goal for this blog, frankly, is to draw visitors into my small publishing business: Kindle e-books and on-demand paperbacks that run the gamut from fiction and poetry to literary commentary to “apologetics” (reasons for having faith) to proposals for salvaging the human world from e-tech and the Nanny State. There’s a lot I’d like to say before the sand runs out of my earthly hour-glass. Much of it can be re-packaged, fortunately, from the pages of Praesidium, an online quarterly that I published for The Center for Literate Values from 2000 until 2017. The Center has moved in another direction… but I still have control over all that I wrote in those years of fairly unnoticed labor.
To retrace a few chronological steps… I had a very unhappy adventure with print publishing in the mid-90’s, when I was “between” teaching gigs and wanted to try my hand at something new. I learned a lot about whom not to trust; and in particular, I discovered that promises about the Internet marketing bonanza always concealed the minor detail that you needed to ante up a small fortune to draw cards. The Center emerged from this struggle, and my collaborations with other writers in the enterprise were far from unhappy; but just as I’ve carried away bundles of essays and stories from the pages of Praesidium, so my earlier experiments left me with several boxes of fine books that were never sold. I would eagerly supply more information about these on request–and I’m willing to ship any of the “leftovers” to anybody for a couple of bucks (s & h).
My most recent books, just published through Amazon, are these:
- El Moreno, Vendetta di Dio —a novel inspired by Dante’s Inferno–and, yes, it’s in English… mostly)
- Climbing Backward Out of Caves –a case for why belief in a supreme metaphysical being, the author of all goodness, is a more reasonable choice than shutting down thought where science leads to inevitable abysses.
- Hitting Secrets From Baseball’s Graveyard –a personalized, painstaking reconstruction of how star batsmen managed their tool a century ago, when the best players regularly flirted with the .400 mark
- Three Medieval Celtic Renditions of an Ancient Indo-European Myth: The Wasting-Sickness of Cú Chulainn (Traditional Irish), The Lay of Eliduc (Marie de France), and the Welsh Romance Owein –translations with an introduction: my approach stresses how a very ancient source-myth has been gradually, ingeniously transformed to adapt a pagan vision of the afterlife to Christian spirituality.