Nonfiction Books

This is the 5th collection of essays and includes the most recent writing from over this past summer.

My fourth book of essays and the most recent actual writing I have done.
My first book about teaching in over a decade, working in digital and with adult learners has changed some of my sense of action in the pedagogic space. At the same time, this is also a layperson’s manual and as such is a complement to my 2012 book in hermeneutics. The cover image is suggestive of the need for us to bury that which has been burying us; in a word, current systems of education the world over.
My third book of popular and critical essays, to be released soon but with a copyright for 2023.
The final volume of this study is about to be released. It was an interesting journey and writing exercise for me reading essentially the same set of sources three different ways. The cover this time is from our video game ‘Inner Imp’ which is very much also about the future.
This is the second of a three volume study on the phenomenology of how we experience different kinds of time and why.
The first of a three volume study on the concept of temporal presence within experiential time.

On Time (2021)

On Time: appointments, schedules, calendars, deadlines, is a phenomenology of the marking of mundane time. It asks after our relationship with measured moments, calendrical festivals, workplace and other scheduling, and waiting in general. What is the dynamic between finiteness, our objective mortality, and our human finitude, our existential sense of living-on, running on, towards not only death, as Heidegger has proverbially emphasized, but also to an uncertain and always ambiguous future? The marking of time, especially in its predictive and predicative valences, is shown as the most commonplace manner of trying to get a hold of what in principle is unlived and thus not a part of our experience, collective or individual. It is a way of making a distinction between the unknown and the unknowable, and a way of marking ourselves off from our own unknowing.

A note on the cover image: one of Hollywood’s most iconic images, Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock far above an LA street is a potent metaphor for both our existential condition – we are always, in a sense, running out of time but as well hanging on to it, perhaps for dear life – and our utter reliance on the mechanisms of marking and measuring time. This image is a publicity still and thus its copyright came again into the public domain after the standard 90 years, and not a film still; rolling stock of the famous Safety Last! remains under copyright. My thanks to the Harold Lloyd Trust for our dialogue to that regard.

Words are also Deeds: essays in public ethics and private aesthetics (2021)

On Being Ignored: and other necessities of the examined life (2020)