Author Archives: Sidney Stark

Beating Apocalyptical Anxiety

Beating Apocalyptical Anxiety

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. —Friedrich Nietzsche

If history is mankind’s silver bullet for apocalyptic anxiety, and I believe it is, then writing and reading are most certainly its best delivery methods. It seems as if the exercise provided for our minds when we compose literature or engage with it in a book helps to bring us out of a gray world of loss to a light of possibility. Nietzsche’s idea of Eternal Recurrence is not new to us, and most of us would agree that while our mistakes are clearly repeated, so too our triumphs are just as obviously recurring. Friedrich Nietzsche’s creation of the historical test of one’s attitude toward life, the proposal to live fully, taking all of the bad along with the good is exactly what one must do when exploring lives in worlds that came before. And that’s why writing and reading stories of our history can give us the map to lead us out of despair when we’re lost. Continue Reading

It’s Not all About You—or is it?

It’s Not all About You—or is it?

“Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.”—Melinda Gates There’s been a joke going around in literary circles—for a very long time now—that Memoir is currently ‘in’, which is interesting because it’s been circulating for many decades. Not very ‘current’ by most standards. The point being that everyone wants to tell… Continue Reading

A Life With Music

A Life With Music

“Where words fail, music speaks.” — Hans Christian Andersen Courage. What is it? I’ve never truly understood it, especially in childhood when I knew whatever it was, I didn’t have it. I remember a speaker at our assembly period in school starting her presentation by announcing that bravery wasn’t the same thing as courage. Undoubtedly seeing a… Continue Reading

The More Things Change

The More Things Change

“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.”—Isaac Watts   Excerpt from Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy— “Speaking of adventure,” she said, a lilt in her voice spilling excitement, “aren’t you just back from the Middle East, John, or was it Turkey? Wherever you were, I imagine you have some rich tales to tell of… Continue Reading

Author’s Foreword–Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy

Author’s Foreword–Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy

“Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower It’s been almost a decade since I decided to satisfy my curiosity about Emily Alden and Corey de Koningh. Emily was lost and alone, suffering from an overwhelming fever in a huge bed in a strange house not her… Continue Reading