The Last Will and Testament of Western Man William Caxton & Sons Publishing, LLC; 630 pp.
Estimated Publication Date: September 30, 2017
Last Will is the story of the consequences of the loss of the life of the mind in a world that has lost its mind. The work is written in the style of a classic novel-of-ideas, flamboyant in scope, obsessive in detail, and inspired by the traditions of Robert Musil, Julio Cortazar and Vladimir Nabokov in its love of language and its manic introspection, but with satire and wit to lighten the load and carry the story.The narrative follows the lives of four brilliant eccentrics, friends from university days now reaching their fifties, who are in dogged, hopeless pursuit of the Answer to the Question that has both directed and disastrously misguided their lives: Am I who I am ‘Because-of’ or ‘In-spite-of’ the circumstances of my life?
The story describes the classic philosophical dilemma of Becoming versus Being, one that has plagued the history of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the neo-Platonists; from Catholic Scholastics of the 16th century to the atheistic Existentialists of the 20th.Or, it may be, that there is no real distinction between the two.In the words of Antoine de St. Exupéry: “to live, is to slowly be born”; that is, To-Become is, in fact, the very act of Being, with no origin and no end-- the mystery of the human soul itself.
The Forest and the Faustian Soul William Caxton & Sons Publishing, LLC; 160pp. Estimated Publication Date: November 30, 2017
A book of fifteen essays ranging from 3000 to 7000 words o the relationship to Man to Nature and to the "Order of Things" as the most meaningful expression of the relationship he has with himself. These include such titles as "The Genius of Byzantium", "The State as a Work of Art", "Of Majesty and Anarchy"; "Quiet Desperation and the English Way"; "Why Democracy Needs Aristocracy", among others. A celebration of and meditation upon the self-critical and critically insatiable Western mind.