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Website Updates

Website Updates: New Guest Column

Jun 13, 2020 This week I’m introducing a new Saturday column. *Artists and Scientists* will feature one fellow artist or scientist every week, sharing: views on life and work; perspectives on current events; an overview of a misunderstood topic articulated in accessible terms; a personal essay; fiction/ poetry/ art/ photography, original or previously published; or […]

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Film review

Joker (2019) raises many real issues, only to devolve into a justification of violence

This review published at Countercurrents critiques a film that squanders great potential.

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What I read

Reading: Short stories from Gasher, Flash Fiction Magazine, Fearsome Critters…

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.

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Microstory

The One Thing

In this microstory published at Potato Soup Journal, a PhD student is intent on finishing the one thing that consumes his life.

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Book review Philosophy

The Republic: Examining Plato’s Best-Known Dialogue: Part 1/2

Part One of Two:
* Reading Plato as Light Literature
* Note on Gender Pronouns
* Socrates the Character
* Are the *Dialogues* Really Dialogues?
* Socrates’s Dialectic Style: Characteristics, and Pros&Cons
* Reasoning from the Ideal

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Gifted Education

Gifted Education Without Prejudice

In this article published at Deccan Herald, I address a common and false belief that obstructs gifted education.

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Book review

‘An Enemy Of The People’: An Eye-Opening Read During The Pandemic

In this feature published at The Curious Reader, I revisit a powerful play that remains shockingly relevant today.

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Book review

Orwell’s Essays Presage His Masterpiece *1984*

In this feature published at Countercurrents, I examine how Orwell’s nonfiction engages with the issues that make his fiction so powerful.

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Advice on Writing

Write better at every stage, from ideating to using feedback – based on whether you’re a Pantser or a Plotter

In this two-part article on the craft of writing, I discuss what strategies pantsers and plotters might try to improve each stage of the writing process.

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Flash story

FISH

In this flash story that won the Fiction category of Kelp Journal’s Shelter in Place contest for lockdown writing, a man sets out to buy fish, and learns about the intersection of social class, the pandemic, and empathy.