Simply and shortly, Leaving the Circus is a blog about finding one’s way
back home after having been caged in a circus. The concept is drawn from Langston Hughes’ poem, Lament for Dark Peoples.
This blog will feature various writings on whatever strikes my fancy. Typically, however, the writings will be philosophical in nature – ranging over subjects as diverse as theology, poetry, politics, music, fine art, cultural phenomena, media, and philosophy.
*If I’m honest with myself, I’m just too damn lazy to be a serious writer, so I’ve resigned myself to cluttering the blogosphere with half-assed attempts at essays.*
I graduate university with a B.A. in philosophy and seminary with an M.A. in religion. My next academic move will (hopefully) earn me a PhD in philosophy (focusing on the mid to late 20th century French “continentals” – mainly Levinas).
My life slogan is: “Yeah, well…” (For this, see the film Cool Hand Luke)
I’m a member of The Democratic Socialists of America.
Personal Interests & “Likes”
Philosophy (Esp. 20th Century French Philosophy, Emmanuel Levinas, Critical Theory, Political Theory, Marxism)
All things Art (Literature, Theatre, Music, Fine Art, Photography, Etc…)
Good Conversation … but who doesn’t
Friends and Family
Football (aka Soccer)
French Language and Culture
City Life and Culture
Major Thought Influences:
(Sadly, these are all men :( I do read lots of women though. See my “Web Writings” page. Unfortunately, I just haven’t found or (in my subconscious phallo-centric inclination) allowed myself to find many female writers that influence my thought as much as the men listed above. I will say, though, that I really like Judith Butler, Diane Perpich, Bettina Bergo, Gayatri Spivak, Chantal Mouffe, Nancy Fraser, Iris Young, and Simone de Beauvoir.)
P.S. Though I do try to proofread my posts, I don’t do so judiciously. I write enough academic papers that require diligent re-reading and writing. So here I try to be slightly more carefree. But if some of the grammar or wording is so off that it leaves you puzzled, leave a comment, and I’ll attend to the ambiguity or error. I don’t always catch the mistakes. You’d be doing me solid :)
P.P.S. This blog has changed names, platforms, and looks over the years. I’ve noticed that some of my older posts, as a result of this virtual evolution, don’t maintain their compositional intergrity; neither are they always consistent with the current composition. In other words, if you read older posts, you will see differing fonts within the same post, paragraphs jumbled together with no spacing, paragraphs too spaced apart, etc. Sorry for all of that. I fix it when I get the chance, but everything will not get smoothed out.