February 3, 2012
I am the featured guest on Dr. Bob Hieronymous' 21st Century Radio
show this Sunday, February 5th, 8 pm-10 pm (Eastern). The show is broadcast live, and can be listened to over the Internet at http://21stcenturyradio.com/ . The topics for the evening; Freemasonry and the Statue of Liberty, and conspiracy theories concerning them. We'll also discuss those friendly folks at the New Apostolic Reformation, some of wh0m wish to demolish the Statue as a 'pagan idol.' (No, I'm not making this up.)
Come tune in. Shows are archived, so you can also listen in later.
January 23, 2012
Walter Mosley at the Brooklyn Book Festival
(photo by David Shankbone)
"The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do every day -- every morning or every night, whatever time it is that you have. Ideally, the time you decide on is also the time when you do your best work." --Walter Mosley, from This Year You Write Your Novel
(Little, Brown, 2007), p. 7)
I heard Walter Mosley read from his work and speak at NYU Writers House in February of last year. If you ever have the chance, go hear him present sometime: it's an experience well worth the investment of time.
January 16, 2012
Ever read Silas Lapham
? The author, William Dean Howells, said this about the writer's work ethic, being a man after my own heart: (more…)
January 10, 2012
Téa Obreht, author of the recently published novel, The Tiger's Wife
, was interviewed by Charles McGrath for The New York Times
. She had this to say at one point in this fascinating interview:
"When someone tells you a story, it's a project. (more…)
December 23, 2011
Washington DC LDS Temple.
Big project for 2011: my book Mormons.
I have big plans for 2012. And I will be working a lot to make those plans come about.
. First off, I want to publish another nonfiction trade book, Mormons: Who They Are, How They Think, What They Believe, and Why They Succeed.
This is, as Newsweek
proclaimed back in June, "the Mormon moment." (more…)
December 23, 2011
The image created by The Legendary to accompany my 2010 story, "The Death of Mozart."
Late 2010 and all of 2011 have been good for my writing.
The late Fall of 2010 saw the publication of my first three short stories in online literary journals: "The Cryptographer" (in Foliate Oak Literary Journal
), "The Death of Mozart" (in The Legendary
), and "The Gondolier of Bethesda Landing" (in The Fear of Monkeys
). (You may read each of these through the links at each story on the Works
December 23, 2011
In Central Park, Fall 2010.
Over the last couple of years, I have been writing several blogs on various subjects. This is the first time that I'll be writing a blog devoted, at least implicitly, to me and my work. It feels a bit odd, and not a little self-indulgent. But my writing has been making more and more of an impact over the last three years, so this step makes sense. As they say, if you don't take charge of the image you present to the world, someone else will. Conversely, if you don't take responsibility for bringing your message to the world, it is almost certain that no one else will. (more…)
How and why the Mormons will become a global religion with hundreds of millions, or even billions, of followers--within a century.
Mormonism and the Latter-day Saints.
Psychological theory, research, and practice.
Popular book on worldviews.
The world's largest fraternal organization.
Based on 1928 Lovecraft story, but set in our day.
The life of "the wickedest man in the world."
1980's Greenwich Village and punk.
What would the gondolier tell you?
Going blind in Bellevue Hospital.
Worldviews are assumptions about the world, reality, and life.
The top of the hierarchy is self-transcendence, not
A model with research agenda.
Thoughts on the Mormon faith.
Reflections on Masonic topics
Psychology and current events.
Reflections on social issues, ethics, politics.
The Lodge and the LDS Temple Ceremonies