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A Derivation of Love: Digital Mandala and the Resurrection of the Living Book.

February 29, 2012

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When I was kid, I went through a period when I would build a variety of elaborate toothpick bridges only to the destroy them. Much later in life, I was delighted to discover that Tibetan Buddhists create elaborate and beautiful sand mandalas only to destroy them. There is, of course, much more to the Buddhist […]

A Derivation of Love : Now In The Soft Cover of An Externalized Self.

February 27, 2012

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Ludwig Feuerbach, a 19th Century German philosopher and a big influence in my life, argues that our conception of God is an externalization of all that is good in us. We are knowing, loving, and powerful beings, who imagine that there’s a being very much like us but who is also perfect. The problem with […]

From Spaces to Cities: What’s The Story of Your Geography?

December 19, 2011

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What role does a writer play in the transformation of a space or geography into a city or country? Had I asked this question twenty, fifteen, or even ten years ago, I might have been tempted to answer, “the unique and special task of the writer is to imbue space and geography with story and […]

Love’s Wordless Understanding: What Does It Mean?

December 12, 2011

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There’s a story, from one of my all time favorite books, that goes something like this: a musician plays a beautiful and complex piece of music for an attentive listener. When the musician concludes the piece, the listener asks, “what does it mean?” The musician, as a answer, plays the piece again, note for note. […]

Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life Imitating Art.

December 5, 2011

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In chapter 7 of my novel, A Derivation of Love, Desmond decides to write a semi-autobiographical novel about boys and girls and the problems between them. The chapter concludes when a friend tells him to put lots of sex in the book, otherwise, “it won’t sell.” At this stage in the novel, which has been […]

Exclusions, Inclusions, and the Death of the Parent.

November 28, 2011

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Writing is as much about exclusions as it is about inclusions. Parents are the biggest and, perhaps, the most important exclusion in Derivation of Love. I excluded parents because of the growing body of research that indicates parents and parenting have very little impact on how children turn out and because — contra the traditions […]

Beyond Autobiography: What’s Your Story?

November 21, 2011

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Desmond, the main character of my ebook A Derivation of Love, is not me, but I created him by writing — and thus reconceiving — specific moments in my life. I’m sure there is a family resemblance to the person I was but, ultimately, I hope he bears a family resemblance to some of his […]

A Derivation of Love: An Experiment in Failure.

November 14, 2011

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In November of 2001, I set out to fail. I had decided, once and for all, to write a novel. Unfortunately, I had also recently decided that the novel is impossible (to borrow a fashionable phrase of the time.) A novel is impossible, I thought, because it is impossible to capture or represent a life […]

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