In the beginning was the word–John 1: 1

No, this is not a religious blog–although there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I myself am a religious man, but religion is not what I want to talk about today. Since this is my first blog, I want to remind readers that narrative is at the heart of all human understanding. It is our capacity, correction, our desperate need for narrative that frames our existence.

We may be because we think but we think in narration. We are always the heroes of our own tales, and as Aristotle discovered, we always look for antagonists, if not villains. Thus the worldwide popularity of Hollywood tales and their mechanical three act structure. Thus also the need to understand the world around us in narrative arcs, to seek beginnings, middles and endings, in an echo of the way we perceive our own existence from birth to grave.

This then will be my attempt to impart some measure of narrative to the often apparently incoherent world that surrounds us. Especially here in Los Angeles, which is fast becoming the epicenter of a new kind of city and a new hybrid civilization, which takes disparate elements from myriad cultures and races, mixes them all together in unexpected ways and hurls them back out to see if they can survive in our burning alleys and polluted thoroughfares as if in some kind of mad Darwinian ordeal by fire.

Or maybe it’s all intelligent design…But that’s for another day. For now I have to get back to my book on RAND and the way the world really works…

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6 Responses to “THE WORD”

  1. Kathleen Criddle Says:

    Are you planning on any new book releases anytime soon. Best regards, Kathleen at

  2. Christy Painter Says:

    I am anxiously awaiting the publication of your book on RAND. When can we expect to see it in print? Thank you in advance for your response.

    Christy Painter

  3. Jeff Davis Says:

    I am looking foreward to your book RAND. When can we expect to see it released? Thank you.



  4. Michael C Says:

    Congratulations! I just finished Soldiers of Reason and enormously appreciate your exposition of RAND, its work, people and influence in shaping and misshaping our country and world.

  5. charles coryn Says:

    Intelligent Design? Look around and tell me this is intelligent design. My prostate cancer, is that intelligent design? Pedophilia, is that intelligent design? Would an Intelligent Designer create two sexes of humans when one would be sufficient? Or a world where every creature eats other living creatures, usually alive?

    Stay with atheism and evolution if you’re looking for reality.


  6. Cheryl T. Says:

    Soldiers of Reason was entertaining. I’d rate you as the Margaret George of Corporate Biographies; lots of facts used to make an entertaining fiction with the authors’ bias in the lead.

    I think your audience would be much enlightened reading the works of Ayn RAND, not the RAND Corporation for insights regarding rational thought, actions, deeds, personal and governmental management.

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