Invention and Ziggy Stardust

Sooner or later, all writers struggle with invention. Finding something to say about any given topic involves a lengthy process of thinking, reading, contemplating evidence, and considering your means of persuasion. Aristotle, who first systematized rhetoric, argued that rhetoricians needed to discover all available means of persuasion in order to communicate any real truth about a topic. Say something. Ancient… Continue reading Invention and Ziggy Stardust


Attempting Myth

The following passage opens a short story I'm working on called "It Has Always Burned." The working title suggests the central theme, which is the idea that every technology, even our very earliest one, results in unintended and often disastrous consequences, the illusion of control, and wrong-headed hubris. That we don't fully know the story about how… Continue reading Attempting Myth