The Bad News Book
Four Essays on the
of Dreaming in America
This work elaborates on dreaming in America as a genealogical tale across familial ghosts, grammar, and regional literary forbears. This is not an autobiography. Instead, across four essays,The Bad News Book accounts for what it means to speak about the dead as subjects rather than objects. This book speaks to the concept of representing a country. I write this work to the influences that first showed me representations of the United States. These influences include my Grandfather's green card, "Man in Black", Gloria Anzaldua, Octavio Paz, Cormac McCarthy, former attempts at writing this same book, and histories of immigration from both sides of my family. These ghosts instill the conviction that our country remains forthcoming and wholly nascent.
(My grandfather's Greencard)
Year History through
Legal and Political Philosophy
An epic around a word.
Predominantly involved in two strands of intellectual history (American Liberalism and Anglo-American Legal Philosophy), ‘OUGHT’ takes one word (the word in its single-word title) and speaks to what it means to talk about the future. In language, specifically, the word 'ought', conveys a fragile and imperative commitment to progress. It is in language's promises (such as equality for all and the pursuit of happiness) that breach beyond our realities to fortify collective visions. ‘OUGHT’ employs a host of thinkers that exchange thoughts across two particular disciplines: political and legal philosophies. The thinkers in ‘OUGHT’s span of 300 years. Issuing a through-line across Kant, Hume, John Austin, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, H.L.A Hart, Isaiah Berlin, Ronald Dworkin, Robert Cover, and Judith Shklar, this book ardently defends the political utility of dreams within democratic collectives.
(sOME MAJOR FIGURES IN 'OUGHT')
tHE gOOD mAN'S bOOK
An Epistolary Novel
and a Cowboy Opry
A song for horizons rather than a country.
Only documents and letters comprise this work. Good Man's Book (Cowboy Opry) includes fictional accounts of Alan Jackson, George Strait, my Grandfather's image as Manfred the Disappearing Man, along with entirely fictional avatars such as Lefty Westin and Dusty Darlin'. These characters present an explanation about what it means to sing a country song for a nation of dreams. Ultimately, the work substantiates the role of metaphors as a rhetorical tool to imagine how we can expand our current world. Yet, metaphor's power extends beyond language. For language to impact the country, meaning must speak, sing, and sound an anthem of hope. The book argues that only in bridging our reality to fiction can we redeem our nation's fullest freedom.
(the fictional region where Good Man's Book takes place)
I aim to publish these three books. I fully designed and wrote each book and look forward to sharing them with a broader audience soon.
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