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Weird Emptiness: Essays and Aphorisms
by Alex Stein
In highly polished prose filled with humor and perception, this individual take on what it means to be a writer offers insight into aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics, and logic. The witty aphorisms and essays draw from the author’s influences—Blake, Cervantes, Kierkegaard, Neitzsche, Baudelaire, and Kafka—and comment on the writing process. This epistemology is at once ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Wings Press
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A tendency of contemporary English-language aphorists is that their books consist simply in collections of freestanding sayings. There is a niche today that isn’t being filled: there are many Rochefoucaulds and Chamforts, few Voltaires or Kierkegaards. While many of the notable aphorists in history were also notable philosophers (Montaigne, Bacon, Pascal, Schlegel and Novalis, Emerson, Nietzsche, etc.), the technical prose standards of professional philosophy today do not allow much room for the ...more
Alex Michael Stein is the author of the story collection, Dark Optimism (Emerson’s Eye Press, 1999) and of Weird Emptiness: Essays and Aphorisms (Wings Press, 2007). The Life and Art of Josan, a collection of line drawings inhabited by poetry is due out from Wade Rosen Publishing in 2009. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and works in the library at the University of Colorado.More about Alex Stein...
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