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I left my career in applied research and engineering to pursue writing, painting, and hiking with my dogs (with permission from the cats). The Father: America Leaves the American Century is my debut novel, and 2014 Global eBook Award winner in New Adult Fiction. The Worst of Things: America in the 21st Century is the second in this series. For me, writing is not about the usual measures of success; it’s about the message expressed through literary fiction. I am passionate about the defense of reason in our age of ever-growing unreason, realizing that reason also has limits. The Father Trilogy treats the evolution of the human condition in concert with that of modernity. Back-and-forth interactions of individuals and their movements (social, ...more

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Brett Alan Williams I pick two couples for the reason they reflect my evolution in thought about society. Early in life: Hank Rearden and Daggny Taggart of Ayn Rand's Atl…moreI pick two couples for the reason they reflect my evolution in thought about society. Early in life: Hank Rearden and Daggny Taggart of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. They were hyper-rational, without emotion, driven to success and conquest. They appealed to me as a teenager because they fit my worldview. I wanted to be like them. That changed. Later I found Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester most impressive, not only for their amazing command of language, but their virtue. Rand's characters are the epitome of individualism, autonomy, and purpose. Brontë's are virtuous, with belonging, and meaning. To me these are the two competing themes of modernity vs. tradition.(less)
Brett Alan Williams In all my years of writing, I've never once experienced writer's block. Quite the opposite - too much material that I'm forced to trim later. My inspi…moreIn all my years of writing, I've never once experienced writer's block. Quite the opposite - too much material that I'm forced to trim later. My inspiration comes from other authors and outdoor wilderness. There's an ample supply of both.(less)
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November 29, 2022: Descent of the West? Part 3, Michael J. Sandel: How Concepts of Freedom Came Poised to End Freedom

In Professor of Government Michael J. Sandel’s book, Democracy’s Discontent, he declares two anxieties at the heart of democracy’s restless present: “we are losing control of the forces that govern our lives [and that] from family to neighborhood to nation, the moral fabric of community is unraveling around us.” Sounding like Patrick J. Deneen’s assessment 22 years later, Sande Read more of this blog post »
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“I asked him, ‘If I had died when I fell from that tree, would I wake up in the Kingdom, freed, like they say?’ And do you know what he told me, Miss Pancake? He said, ‘The Kingdom of the Father is upon the land, and men do not see it.”
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“It’s more than money now, Candice. It’s a memory maker…Hold this penny tight, close your eyes, and no matter where you are or when, you’ll find yourself back here with me in this very spot.”
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“Joseph said, ‘Beware of luxury and too much comfort, John. Avoid crowds and their approval. These things corrupt character. Doing makes a man, not display.”
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“I asked him, ‘If I had died when I fell from that tree, would I wake up in the Kingdom, freed, like they say?’ And do you know what he told me, Miss Pancake? He said, ‘The Kingdom of the Father is upon the land, and men do not see it.”
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“If two pilgrims, which have wandered some few miles together, have a heart's grief when they are near to part, what must the sorrow be at the parting of two so loving friends and never-loathing lovers as the body and the soul?”
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