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Religion 2.0

Another essay, a kind of companion piece to “Faith,” the one most recently published in Eclectica.org.  And, like that essay, this is not about “religion” religion but an attempt to broaden the perspective to include something bigger than that word typically conveys:

There is always a story, and a hero. A Jesus, a Buddha, a Moses or Muhammad. A Joseph Smith, a Persephone. The stories are miraculous, tragic, silly. It’s what comes later that is interesting—the cantatas, the NGOs, the Haj.

But first there is a story: the man-god Redeemer, the Chosen People, the last and greatest Prophet, the Lost Tribe, the Big Bang.

Even atheists have Nature, all-powerful, destructive as a hurricane, gentle as a mother robin. Evolution is the plodding agent of Her will. Evolution holds the master plan that used to be the prerogative of Zeus and Jehovah, executing it through Natural Selection in an infinitely complex way over unimaginably long stretches of time. There’s a whimsical, perverse aspect to Evolution, a God with the most serious intentions who chooses merely to start the ball rolling and then sits back for billions of years to see how things pan out…. (Read more)

Another Essay and Story

More additions: a short story, “The Checkout,” and an essay, “The Top.”

The story is a first-person narrative by an old hand (an old hand) at the art of female seduction…or thinks he is. The essay is a rumination on living at top-of-the-tree level, in more ways than one.

Enjoy. Let me know if you do.

Short Stories and Non-Fiction

I’m making available some of the short stories and essays I’ve published. To start things off I’ve uploaded a short story, “The Move” and an essay, “The Color of Evil.” The story was recently published, the essay a couple years back.

From time to time I will add more, drawing from published short stories, essays and reviews along with excerpts from my novels. Please let me know if you enjoy them…or not. I’d be especially interested in getting a discussion started on topics and opinions expressed in the essays (which include a wide variety of forms within that wide category). Controversy is not a dirty word in my lexicon.

Good reading to you!

Getting Some Nice Feedback

My essay “An Elders Manifesto” in the new issue of Eclectica seems to be resonating, if the emails I’m getting are any indication. I’m reminded of Gandhi’s observation that in order to get people to act you don’t so much change their minds as appeal to a belief they already have.

Two New Pieces with a Common Theme

“An Elders Manifesto” (essay) and “The Move” (short story) in the new issue of Eclectica. The essay (no, I didn’t forget the apostrophe) is just what the title implies. The short story is a more concrete artifact that touches on the same theme.

The confluence is accidental. I’ve had the short story on my hard drive for a few years. The essay is more recent. I contribute an essay to each new issue of the publication (you can read previous ones as well as other stories of mine they’ve published here) . But getting a short story published in Eclectica means taking your chances with the rest of the writing world–Eclectica is a premier online publication that almost always garners the lion’s share of fiction awards each year.

Any feedback, especially from the over-sixty crowd, would be of great interest to me and, hopefully, to others as well.