The Importance of Being a Gentleman

In Great Expectations–in which Bertrand Russell said Dickens officially apologies those he felt he had “sold out” in his rise to fame and success–Dickens tries not only to relive his own life’s follies pitfalls, but also explore what it means to be a good person. Joe Gargery is both the man who comes to personifyContinue reading “The Importance of Being a Gentleman”

To Err is Human, to Really Make a Mistake, You Need a Computer

[Our Civilization] has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life; replaced its contentment, its poetry, its soft romance-dreams and visions with the money-fever, sordid ideals, vulgar ambitions, and the sleep which does not refresh; it has invented a thousand useless luxuries, and turned them into necessities; it has created a thousand vicious appetites and satisfies noneContinue reading “To Err is Human, to Really Make a Mistake, You Need a Computer”

A Writer’s Meditation on Evil and Creativity

In the Middle Ages, Catholic clergymen would refer to the “dark nights of the soul” the bleakness before the dawn of revelation, when doubt and despair comingled–not just these things in terms of God but also of the Self. The chasm between the individual soul and the enlightenment of faith seemed unfathomable… because the SelfContinue reading “A Writer’s Meditation on Evil and Creativity”