Freethinking isn’t as easy as you might think. It involves thoroughly exploring forbidding areas that have historically been considered taboo.Liberating Liberals does this with the help of bad boys Nietzsche, Machiavelli and Marx (Groucho, not Karl), but also employs good guys Jesus, Gandhi and Vonnegut as heartwarming chaperones for the riotously revelatory ride. It hijacks a huge zoo of other interesting guides as well, from Joni Mitchell to Albert Camus, from Eckhart Tolle to Viktor Frankl, who jazz freethinking to such a creative level thatLiberating Liberalsmay be a hope-filled sequel to Thomas Paine’s transformational elixir,Common Sense.
With a Thomas Wolfe like panoramic scope,Asheville NC circa 2000 AD employs over a hundred almost recognizable Asheville characters to weave a wild plot of romantic, political and cultural intrigue. It’s a tumultuous love story that studies the sexual evolution of anti-hero Dan Langerton as he romps through the beautiful scenery and brilliant people of Asheville, while chasing the sultry Grace and his own political and romantic ideals. All the while it poses the question: “Are most Americans serial monogamists and if so, what should be done about it?”
Billy Graham in Heaven is a historical, sci-fi novel a la Vonnegut, recounting the futuristic history of amorous peace-mongers, modern American religion, and the destiny of war and peace. By 2028 the U.S. has embarked on the Great Experiment to see if it can stimulate consumption doldrums that have wrecked the economy. Four romantically entwined characters try to prevent the country from becoming even more violent by influencing the replacement of Billy Graham with the new American pope, Mordecai Hamm. On Earth advance technology has made reality and holographic projections almost indistinguishable with apps such as the All or Nothing Dating Service and The Heaven and Hell Cathedral. While in actual Heaven, Billy Graham whimsically reviews his life and the life of the nation — all while playing an intergalactic golf game that will wow even the most jaded golfers, and while meeting a host of historical characters stretching from the Ayatollah Khomeini to Christopher Hitchens, and Eli Manning to John Wayne.
Follow the riveting life of a country boy/cosmopolite who grew up in rugged Alabama splendor, rocketed to New York City culture during World War II, doctored in coal mines shaken by John L. Lewis strikes, fought a long personal battle against tuberculosis, and wrestled with Birmingham steel mills and university ivy. Historically appropriate jokes from his father's insightful joke book advices him every step of the way. He finally decides to practice radiology and public service in Anniston, Alabama, a peaceful mountain arcadia that, unbeknownst to anyone, lay directly in the path of massive social change.