Category Archives: Short Stories

Criticism and the Common [sic] Core [sic]

The Common [sic] Core [sic] State [sic] Standards [sic] in ELA certainly are “common,” but in the pejorative sense of the word. They are received, vulgar, uninformed, base, mediocre, pedestrian. One would expect that people putting together a single set … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Poetry, Short Stories, Teaching Literature and Writing | Leave a comment

A Brief Explanation of Everything. You’re Welcome.

Doubtless the most interesting species in the “actual” universe is the Lilatian/s, who are many and one. I’ll use the plural to refer to them going forward, but be aware that this is a mere convention for ease of readability. … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Existentialism, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Religion, Short Stories | 2 Comments

Why Science Fiction Is Impossible: A Science Fiction Writer’s Confession

When I was still a child, I fell in love with Sci Fi. I stayed up nights devouring stories and then novels by Asimov and Heinlein, Clarke and Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. LeGuin, Poul Anderson, Frederick … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Short Stories, Teaching Literature and Writing | 1 Comment

The Coring of U.S. K-12 ELA Curricula

My entire adult life has been spent sometimes as a writer and editor for various textbook companies and sometimes as a high-school teacher of English, Speech, Debate, Theatre, and Film. For much of my life, I ran a development company … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Short Stories, Teaching Literature and Writing | Leave a comment


Being lesson on muddying the waters to make them look deep. . . . “Management consultants steal your watch and then tell you what time it is.” –Martin Kihn “Let me speak, for a moment, from a 50,000-Foot-Perspective,” said T, … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, Short Stories, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, or Welcome to the Panopticon. A Report from the Near Future

The utter subjugation of the populace didn’t happen via secret police and mass executions as in Stalin’s Russia. No, it was much more subtle, occurring bit by bit, drip by drip, a boiled frog phenomenon. It all started, seemingly innocently, … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Short Stories | 1 Comment

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

Back in 1969, fifty years before this now, Kurt Vonnegut is publishing Slaughterhouse-Five. (How exciting!) In 1984, I am watching the film version with my then girlfriend and wishing that we had our own geodesic dome on Tralfamadore just like … Continue reading

Posted in Short Stories | 5 Comments