The Soul of the Marionette

If the only alternative to Gnosticism is Stoicism—if the intellect of man is forced to choose the wild outward spirit or the stern inward soul—then we have made no philosophical advance since the days of the Roman Empire and the closing of the ancient mind. It is now as it was then: Valentinus stands at one door, smiling, while Seneca, stands at the other door, frowning, and the dim cave of human falsity offers no other exits. For the world, you have to understand, remains a vile and...

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Writer's Block, Book Burnout and Podcasts

I periodically get in funks where nothing quite seems to "work" for me and I find myself reading three or four books at one time looking for something that will connect or get the juices flowing again; something that compels me to write because I want to get my opinion down rather than writing because I haven't written anything here for awhile.

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Quick Take: Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale by Joseph Bottum

I am a fan of Kindle Singles. Short unique works at a great price: 99 cents.  And having enjoyed Joseph Bottum’s previous Kindle Single I grabbed Wise Guy  to see how he handled fiction.  Plus, what better time to read a Christmas Tale then during a Christmas vacation? Blurb: The twelve crimes of Christmas: Bart Sagan is a thief, yes, but more or less a good guy—at least, he wouldn’t rob an orphanage if he didn’t have to. Not at Christmastime, anyway. But then the local crime...

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