Believe those who seek truth, doubt those who find it.
— André Gide
Illustration: Aaron Lopez-Barrantes, "Epilogue," in Slim and The Beast: A Novel

Illustration: Aaron Lopez-Barrantes, "Epilogue," in Slim and The Beast: A Novel

We are born storytellers, but we are born listeners, too. I've been fortunate enough to be educated in various universities, and I feel a responsibility to share what I've learned with anyone who might be listening.

The point of education is to share knowledge, not pigeon-hole it--but knowledge isn't wisdom because wisdom isn't communicable. From essays to fiction to book citations to other forms of art, the goal is to curate those things that inspire me to get out of bed in the morning, not to make the academic mistake of proselytizing. Believe those who seek truth, doubt those who find it. This is the spirit I want to maintain for the website.

Slim and the beast: a novel

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Sergeant Chandler Dykes is obsessed with two misfits: Slim, a former cadet and disillusioned Iraq veteran with a brutal neck scar, and his best friend, The Beast, a college basketball star with a proclivity for cooking. 

As Slim and The Beast sidle up to a bar to take shelter from a hurricane, they strike up a conversation with the bartender, and learn that Sgt. Dykes has been haunting the place, raving about opossums, bathtub whiskey, and his estranged cadet, Slim. As the three men swap tales in hopes of understanding Dykes’ obsession, they are forced to confront their own troubled pasts.

The conversations at Lockart's traverse art, love, sex, and philosophy, while warily observing the increasingly savage storm and the ghosts it seems to be dredging up. Slim and The Beast lays out what’s at stake in a friendship, and the decisions we make on the edge of adulthood that define the person we become.