Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press

Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right “fit.” Of course, that can get expensive after a while, so here’s some good news. The good folks who published my first two novels, The Permanent Press, are offering one of their titles free of charge: The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann. (Click here for a review I posted a while back.) For information on this offer, visit the blog of Martin Shepard, a co-publisher of The Permanent Press: The Cockeyed Pessimist. Even if you’re not an aspiring writer, this is an offer that’s tough to beat — a good book from a press that has my deepest respect, and it’s free!

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Is Nothing Sacred?

My short essay on religion and postmodernism, titled “Is Nothing Sacred?,” is now up at The First Day. Here’s an excerpt:

Because we live in a world where so many different cultures live side-by-side, we’ve been forced to realize that we all use different stories, for lack of a better word, to make sense of the world and that, really, none of those stories is any better than the others at doing the job. Moreover, the very fact that we live in a world with multiple civilizations, each with its own set of myths and assumptions with respect to what’s “good,” “normal,” and “beautiful” means that we can no longer discuss these terms without placing them in quotation marks to indicate that their definitions depend on context.

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