Climax — Pearls of Wisdom

We were talking about living vicariously through a fictional character’s struggle and transformation. I was suggesting that this is exactly why we fork over the price of admission to see a film or buy a book. In ROXY (Tradewind Books, 2009), the 17 year old protagonist confronts her demons in the land of Zorba – […]

The Climax — change or die

How and why do good stories compel us as they do? For the answer, let’s cut to the chase – actually it would be shortly after the obligatory chase scene – to that part of the story where, finally, the source of meaning and satisfaction is found – at the climax. When we buy a […]

Twilight: part two

We were discussing the film, Twilight.  More to the point, I was talking about the protagonist’s DESIRE. Since that last dispatch, I’ve relocated to Mexico. I had the DESIRE to avoid the winter rains. But there won’t be much MEANING to my great escape unless I pay close attention to the experience of being here. I […]

Twilight: fatal desire (part one)

I may be deluded, but I’m assuming that most teenagers crave insights into the meaning of their lives.  And if ‘crave’ is over the top, then let’s try ‘wouldn’t mind the odd glimpse’.  Let’s try for such a glimpse with my much promised chat about DESIRE. DESIRE is not a source of lasting meaning, is it?  […]

Positive disintegration

I know, I know — I said we’d discuss ‘desire’ as one of the doorways to life’s meaning.  We will, we will.   The problem is I’ve found myself in the middle of a personal upheaval.  Mcwife and I are in the process of selling up and backing out of the marketplace for a while.  We’re living […]

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