Personal Projects

Stuff I have done over the years, or things that don’t fit anywhere else. 

These are a couple of short books I wrote years and years ago. One is very personal, and the other is about Machiavelli. Take that as you will:

Grieving Futures: Surviving the Deaths of My Parents

I was 24 when my mother died, and 26 when my father passed away. Because of that catastrophe, I lost the family home and any stability I ever counted on. It was, in the parlance, a clusterfuck.

In the aftermath I made some bad decisions, but mostly I did not make any decisions at all and fifteen years later I was falling down into a dark valley of emotional and psychological breakdowns. I think I hit bottom, but all I know for sure is that I hit hard. Grieving Futures is about how I got there.

A Princely Primer: The Wisdom of Machiavelli

This is a guide for anyone who wants to study the lessons of Machiavelli‘s great political treatise but who does not have the time, patience, or wherewithal to suffer through the real thing.

It is also a definitive answer to that nagging question: Did Machiavelli really write that? (I expect academicians will denounce me as plebian, but those rarefied hothouse flowers can go back to parsing Plato’s angels and leave the rest of us alone.)

Some websites that have happened:

Patience and Fortitude: Grief Without God

Grieving as an atheist/agnostic/skeptic is different than the grief that religious people experience. This blog isn’t about “setting people straight” or telling mourners that they are doing something wrong, either way. This is a space where godless grief is normal, and accepted, and understood.

"My Secret Life" - a bibliography of a book

This is the wiki site for my academic project, an interdisciplinary study (bibliography/history of text/digital humanities) of the infamous Victorian erotica novel, My Secret Life. This book was published in eleven volumes in 1888 (although there is a real question about the veracity of that dating, despite being on the earliest copies), by an unknown Brussels publisher thought to be Auguste Brancart.

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