Underhill, Part 2

II. "To reject nihilism is the beginning of virtue." --- Anonymous Charles Dickens began his novel A Tale of Two Cities with the famous line “it was…


Underhill, Part 1

I. "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." --- Edgar Allen Poe Kingsport’s history has long been overshadowed by that of its more…


The Problem with Freedom: A “Sins We Remember Fondly” Postscript

XIII. How many people, if they were given the power to instantly have anything they wanted, would quickly self-destruct? I believe it is the vast…


Croatoan

"Boomers overinvested in personality Gen Xers cultivated an ironic detachment toward personality Millennials were constantly told that had…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 4

X. Many of us who have spent time in 12-step or similar programs have come across the “martyr” personality. This person’s desire to clean up…


Diary of Another Madman

1 January 2015 I have twice sent out electronic messages-in-a-bottle, and twice have gone unanswered. The first time I considered it a one-off. The…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 3

VIII. I was too mentally fatigued to open my computer and work for my second (or at times, my third) job, so I simply sat in a chair and closed my…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 2

IV. I believe that confidence in social situations usually stems from a lack of introspection. The more you think about any given topic, the more you…


A Waking Nightmare

"Life is more like wrestling than dancing." --- Antoninus, vii. 61. Jared had always been a strange man. Not in a bad way, mind you: just a curious…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 1

I. Loneliness is quite possibly the worst emotion we can experience, especially if it becomes habitual. This is all the more true if our loneliness…