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Introduction "I want everything to be explained to me or nothing. And reason is impotent when it hears this cry from the heart. The mind aroused by this insistence seeks and finds nothing but contradiction and nonsense" —Albert Camus (1913-1960).
Interests To pursue a life based on reason, logic, critical thinking, compassion, empathy, humility, integrity, dignity, political and social justice, responsibility, mutual respect, and life-long learning.
Favorite Movies Casablanca, The Pride of the Yankees, On the Waterfront, Christmas Carol (1951), Seventh Seal, Some Like It Hot, The Magnificent Seven, Pocketful of Miracles, To Kill a Mockingbird, Zorba the Greek, King of Hearts, Five Easy Pieces, Duel, Dirty Harry, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Paper Chase, Annie Hall, Breaking Away, The Warriors, Apocalypse Now, The Empire Strikes Back, Amadeus, The Natural, Stand by Me, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, Scent of a Woman, My Cousin Vinny, The Sandlot, Schindler's List, A Bronx Tale, Tombstone, Legends of the Fall, Shawshank Redemption, That Thing You Do, Beautiful Girls, Good Will Hunting, Das Boot, The Red Violin, Saving Private Ryan, As Good As It Gets, Sixth Sense, The Hurricane, Donnie Darko, The Boondock Saints, Almost Famous, I Am Sam, 61, Catch Me If You Can, The Rookie, Miracle, Glory Road, The Kite Runner, The Bourne Trilogy, Once, Into the Wild, Grand Torino, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Not Fade Away, Lincoln, The Imitation Game, The Big Short…
Favorite Music Rock, Folk Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical: In other words The Beatles, Dylan, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Who, Moby Grape, The Byrds, Youngbloods, Geoffrey Brown; Simon & Garfunkel, Fred Holstein, Stan Rogers, John Gorka, Lowen & Navarro; Melvin Taylor, Michael Bloomfield, Ronnie Earl, SRV, Eric Clapton, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, B.B. King; Tom Waits, Dave Brubeck, Gene Harris, Oscar Peterson, Eberhard Weber; Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Copland...
Favorite Books Novels/Novellas/Plays: The Trial (Kafka), Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), Demian (Hesse), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce), Grendel (Gardner), Heart of Darkness (Conrad), Justine (Durrell), The Death of Ivan Ilych (Tolstoy), Death in Venice (Mann), Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust (Goethe), The Stranger, The Fall, The Plague, The First Man (Camus), The Immoralist (Gide), Lenz (Buchner), Zorba the Greek (Kazantzakis), The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), Moby Dick, Pierre or the Ambiguities (Melville), Huckleberry Finn (Twain), A Volunteer's Adventures (De Forest), Nausea, No Exit (Sartre), Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III (Shakespeare); Exposition: The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel (Camus), Unpopular Essays (Russell), The God Delusion (Dawkins), Philosophers without Gods (Antony), The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith (Harris), Nothing to be Frightened Of (Barnes), Philosophical Ethics (Beauchamp), The Oriental Philosophers (Tomlin), Readings in Ancient Western Philosophy (McLean/Aspell), The Shallows (Carr), The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan), The Big Short (Lewis), Breaking the Spell (Dennett), The Blank Slate (Pinker), Warped Passages (Randall), Physics of the Impossible (Kaku), A Brief History of Time (Hawkins), The Brain That Changes Itself (Doidge), War and Morality (Wasserstrom), Philosophical Investigations (Wittgenstein), An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Hume), Essay on Liberty (Mill), Symposium, Crito (Plato), Letters from the Earth (Twain), Imperial Hubris (Scheuer), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Nietzsche); Poetry: New and Selected Poems (Dunn), Sailing Alone Around the Room (Collins), Waving at Trains (Dickson), Alive Together (Mueller), Carnival Evening (Pastan), Velocities (Dobyns), The Ledge (Collier), Falling Deeply Into America (Djanikian), The Silent Singer (Roberts), Ecclesiastes…too many to list