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Meaning

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HENCHMEN was a pretty good idea but I got waylaid and I had to put it aside.  If you don't have more ideas than time to write them then you're doing something wrong.  Anyway, I'm going to try something different here that will keep this blog busy for awhile.  I've been thinking about the meaning of life.

I know, I know, it sounds like a bad joke, but there it is.  It's something that has preoccupied me ever since high school.  In a way all my books are really about it.  When I wrote KOCKROACH as Tyler Knox it was more front and center, and it underlies something I just recently finished.  But lately I've been having a new take on the whole thing.  Maybe it has something to do with a sense of ennui that has fallen over me, or the way the Phils collapsed in the playoffs this year, I don't know, but I've been thinking of it in a new way than I ever had before.  I could try to express it right off, with some sort of ringing note, but I don't think that works very well.  What might work, however, is a series of aphorisms.

I love the way Nietzsche wrote THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA even if I really abhor what he's saying.  And there is a book called MONOGAMY by a guy named Adam Phillips that was all aphorisms but which revealed some interesting truths about marriage.  It seems like a way to deal with lots of the facets of an issue in an entertaining way without being too didactic.  So that's what I'm going to try, to use aphorism to burrow toward the thoughts I've been having about the meaning of life.  And maybe this blog will become something more than just a bunch of disassociated thoughts about writing.  We'll see.

So in the next post I'll give you the first one to kind of get you started, and I'll be adding one every couple of days.  If you like what you're reading, pass it on and maybe we'll see how many people we can infect.  But don't read them in the middle of night, because night is the dangerous time and there's no telling what could happen.  As Hemingway wrote, "There is no reason why because it is dark you should look at things differently from when it is light.  The hell there isn't!"

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