stark realities -- Facts and Fictions is the business umbrella beneath which all my creative endeavors take place. It has been my service mark since I moved to California in 1980.
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I became a full-time writer when my wife and I moved to Mariposa, California -- home of Yosemite National Park, the crown jewel in the United States' National Park System -- in October, 2000.
In Spring of 2002, I attempted to self-syndicate a column called "Stark's Reality". My attempt failed, foundered on the rocks of the U.S. newspaper publishing industry's economic contraction in the face of plunging ad revenues.
So, what the heck, I've decided to make the sample columns I crafted available here, in Adobe PDF format. (After all, I'd hate for the effort to have been entirely wasted.) They're about 200KB apiece, so be advised:
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Since 2003, I've been occupied researching and writing a scholarly book about Alexander the Great called "Plutarch's Alexander". The completed work will include densely-annotated, modern-English texts of every reference to the life and career of Alexander in Plutarch of Chaeronea's Lives and Moralia, plus essays on some of the major issues in modern Alexander scholarship.
As part of that effort, I've added chapter numbers to the plublic-domain Clough revision of the Dryden translation of Plutarch's Life of Alexander and chapter and line numbers to the Dryden version of his Life of Demosthenes and the Goodwin revision of the Philips translation of his two-part oration, On the Fortune or the Virtue of Alexander for the benefit of folks who want to track citations of Plutarch's two major works on Alexander in other texts.
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