The Do’s and Dont’s of Calling a Government Office

Since I write gothic horror/fantasy/mystery novels for a small publisher, I don’t make any money. And, since I entered the workforce in 2007, I have plenty of fresh wounds when it comes to economic insecurity. That’s why I chose to become a civil servant – the steady hours, the job security, and the benefits package … Continue reading The Do’s and Dont’s of Calling a Government Office

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Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

  In his essay The Kekule Problem, the author Cormac McCarthy poses a question: what if language, instead of being the natural byproduct of evolution, is something more akin to a virus? What if nature didn’t put the human brain on an inexorable march toward the acquisition of language, but language suddenly infected our brain, … Continue reading Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds

This happened during a small gathering at a friend’s house. One of the guests was a woman around sixty who, in the course of the conversation, began singing the praises of Mahatma Gandhi – a hagiography, if we’re being honest. And, me being me, I had to open my big mouth and set the record … Continue reading Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds