near me, for tomorrow I will have much to do and more than I ever
had, and tomorrow blood will leave my body above the breast.”
“Um, I don’t follow.”
Amidst competing claims of
beauty, truth and goodness, Trajan, a young man named after a once
celebrated Roman Emperor, attempts to decipher why it is that Kant
is wrong, love is capricious, and why you should never take advice
from a puppet.
In this fictionalized diatribe against modern
accounts of eros, York explores the interconnections between
love, death, and philosophy. The author follows various
philosophical and theological meditations as espoused through the
musing of several hedonistic college students as they attempt to
navigate the world conferred upon them. Their desire for consistency
lays bare the disconcerting conclusion that our current conception
of ‘love as yearning’ can only, logically, end in death.
Tripp York, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of
Religious Studies at Elon University, in Elon, NC. His writings have
been published in various magazines and journals, and his first book,
The Purple Crown: The Politics of Martyrdom, details the history and
theology behind the practice of Christian martyrdom. An actor and a
lighting designer, York resides in his hometown of Burlington, NC with
his Siberian husky who keeps him, begrudgingly, in good shape.
Anesthesia is his first work of fiction.