Ghost Writ: The Desert Wells Dialogues of Gilmartin Jacobsen (a fugue)

 Imagining the life of a mind . . .

It's ALL fiction. Especially the parts that are true.
                  (from 3_Now & Then)
  1. The Download PDF of the complete book (00_Ghost Writ) includes navigation using links in the Table of Contents to chapters and sections. Click a title in the Table of Contents to go to the page. Click a page number to return to Contents. 
  2. If you View a file while on this page, you can print a copy scaled either to actual size (6 x 9) or to fit an 8.5 x 11 sheet.
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  4. For information about books discussed in Ghost Writ Sophistication: Rhetoric and the Rise of Self-Consciousness* and Rhetoric: Essays in Invention & Discovery by Richard McKeon.
  5. The tabs "Ghost Writ"—The Project and Ghost Writ—"The Invention" lead to brief explanations of how this book came to be, and why.
NB: Afterword—a work-in-progess to be posted for review by 9/9/2020; project to be completed by 9/9/2022:  200 years in the future the lost early works of Joshua Cryst are recovered, with serious implications for the story of the American Republic since the late 21st Century. 

Mark Backman
(NB: Versioning refers to minor file maintenance. Complete book and its parts were uploaded 9.1.16)
*Contact me if you're using "Sophistication" in a class and have difficulty locating a hardcover edition. A paperback edition will be available Spring, 2019, on Amazon.
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I aspired to authenticity, but I never got beyond verisimilitude.  17610k v. 2 Apr 20, 2017, 8:16 AM Joshua Cryst
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Not just the life of my story my muse/You are the story of my life.    183k v. 1 Jul 12, 2017, 7:21 AM Joshua Cryst
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Something is given, some things are asked, everything is answered, and nothing ignored.   1107k v. 2 Apr 20, 2017, 8:50 AM Joshua Cryst
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We think we know that we know what we think. Or not.   6440k v. 1 Apr 20, 2017, 8:50 AM Joshua Cryst
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We see but cannot hear and hear but do not see, as we seek the future in the past.   2249k v. 2 Apr 20, 2017, 8:50 AM Joshua Cryst
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Thinking and doing require imagination, and nothing worth anything is easy.   2050k v. 1 Apr 20, 2017, 8:50 AM Joshua Cryst
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We wander from present to past and back again, beginning where we end and ending where we begin.   4325k v. 2 Feb 12, 2018, 8:48 AM Joshua Cryst
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In the end, everyone gets what they want but not necessarily what they expect.   146k v. 1 Apr 20, 2017, 8:32 AM Joshua Cryst
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