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This collection of my literature/literary diary entries, is dedicated to Ashley O’Connor, Amy and John Hanselmann, Dr. Leonard Winogora, Dr. Phillip Lopate, Dr. Brenda Marshall, and the late Wallace Stevens who helped me expand my mind fundamentally as a person. I say fundamentally as a person and not as a writer because I believe ultimately, more or less, almost all of us are, if not writers, then communicators. I’m not yet confident to speculate on what I consider the role of writing to be in commercial contexts, most of all because the commercial aspects inevitably reflect nothing other than…


Desire for Fame

And this time? Well, I have changed routes.

For my entire life, even including my major political phase, which although not artistic, at least certainly not strictly speaking, existed for me in an AESTHETIC and thus more broadly PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEXT…for all my life, from my wish to be a movie actor even to my flirtations with becoming a high…


Real estate in the Somerset Hills of NJ…

This $300,000, three bedroom house on half an acre of land fooled me into imagining it as a whole acre, courtesy of the property’s spacious hill, with a small shed on the hill’s edge, and the a stream below the hill that serves as close to the border line between the property and the last few stretches of upward slope (that is to say: the hill descends, reaches a stream, and past the stream the hill slopes back up) before the forested mountain’s summit; courtesy also of the house’s location in the…


I got the job! I’m going to be a dog handler!

Other comparable twists? Becoming a hippie. That was profound. I turned from a so called “straight edge” person who never drank or smoked and who never really got in trouble (except for my parents) to a pothead who transferred from an urban university to a rural-ish one (and from NJ to FL) and then dropped out, and began a life of serious instability, then moving…how many times?

“Let’s see,” as the expression goes:

I moved to my father’s and former stepmother’s…


I’m going to interview for a job as a dog handler!


I’m leaving education to work with dogs!


Thinking about starting a career in dog work! But that would mean re-framing what it means for me to be a “writer” and it would mean my exit from education and academia…

My confidant’s point is fair and valid.

How much could one make working with dogs? Unless you have a degree in a field related to animal care/biology/psychology…


Why do I even write? What is the role of the artist, really?


ALL CAPS, the UNIVERSAL dream, America not looking so great courtesy of the gop…

The typographic consultant, Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, expresses this point of view in her article “ALL CAPS: To set or not to set?”[1] An addition, she wrote,

“The most common explanation is that we don’t read letter-by-letter, but rather by word shapes, which are in part created by the position and frequency of ascending and descending characters. But in all…


Writing for the wrong reasons…

Here is the context and thus the intensity of emotion I cited: I have spent my entire adulthood thus far resisting any “work” or…

The Diary of Sean O'Connor

Poetry, essays, and notes re: the search for clarity, meaning, & wisdom.

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