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The Sublime (Cambridge Elements series on The Philosophy of Kant) (2018) (Melissa M. Merritt)

NOTE: This is mostly a summary, not a review.. I’m trying to resume reading nonfiction occasionally to keep sharp. *** Major theorists mentioned, besides Kant: John Balliie, a physician who wrote an essay about aesthetics;¬†Alexander Baumgarten; Edmunde Burke; Joseph Addison; Seneca; Longinus. The sublime is a perspective of nature whose contemplation inspires the human mind […]

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Afterwards

When you get what you want…

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Book review

The Andromeda Strain (1969)

An exciting premise, with clear and detailed accounts of (what was then) cutting-edge science, but the action lags, and ultimately everything in the novel feels pointless.

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DIY

Image credit Bottomless masala chai with flaked almonds kept the grownups warm. We ran around playing Lock-and-Key. Dinner was at twilight: slow-cooked mustard greens, butter chicken, paranthas swimming in ghee, and daal so thick the ladle chopped it up like a mountainside. In winter in Ropar, we dined in our coats. The steam from the […]

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Monthly Review: January 2023

What I read and wrote and published and how I fared

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Short story

Night

Dark short story published in The Dalhousie Review (Summer 2022)

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Flash story

The Revolutionaries

Alternative history. If the political-historical relations of two nations were reversed, would the characters of the nation’s peoples be reversed too?

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Short story

Re:Birth

A grieving mother has shut herself away from the world. Can she rediscover love and life?

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Short story

Courage Anniversary

Astrid has a dream. Pleo likes dreamers. What could go wrong? In this story written in 2020 I dip my toes back into magic realism.

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What I Read, Wrote, and Published in 2022

Read a lot, but not enough. Several unfinished WIPs. A fair number of publications, including in four good magazines . Attended my first writing workshop online; it was fruitful. Joined the volunteer staff of two lit mags. Grew my circle of critique partners. Spent most of the year working on short fiction, a new experience for me. Discovered several authors I plan to read more of, and revisited some old favourites.