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.
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Always stay 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.
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The only thing I can think of to start is ¿wow.¿ After reading the first 50 pages of this novella, I was raving about how great it was, and how intrigued I was by the writing style and the insightful philosophical viewpoint of Trajan. Once I reached the chapter where Tripp described Hooters to the point where I was confused as to whether to laugh or drop my jaw, I knew I loved the book. As I continued to read through the sardonic life of Trajan, laced equally with deep quotes, thought-provoking ideas, and the commentary in Trajan¿s head, I began to highlight quotes and ideas brought up. There were certain ideas that caught my eye, but mostly I enjoyed how Kierkegaard¿s influence was a recurring theme in the novella. [¿Life can only be understood backwards.¿] Trajan¿s ability to have a blunt, straightforward outlook on life while still maintaining the utmost level of intellectual superiority to other characters impressed me. I think I had even more of an appreciation for the broken narration because I find that I, too have disjointed thoughts and a fondness for profound quotes. The connection any reader can make to his thought process is definitely beneficial to finding an appreciation for the story.
Tripp¿s ability to make my jaw drop so many times in a mere 114 novella is incredible to me. His descriptions were all were written with raw emotion. It wasn¿t wordy, it was straightforward. A personal favorite, again going back to the Hooters description, was that after all that was said and done, Trajan just said, ¿awesome.¿ Not only that, but some of the quotes from Trajan¿s inner thoughts were memorable as well. Especially ones such as, ¿Hate is so much easier to maintain then change. And what¿s wrong with easy?,¿ ¿Life just happens and sometimes you¿re not allowed to act, but to merely react,¿ and ¿This is a world that can never be totally of our own making, for it has been made for us, and is continually being remade by us.¿
All in all, I really enjoyed the experience of reading this, as disturbing as the last few chapters turned out to be. Not to give away the ending, but just as a warning: I got chills. It was so disconcerting, and so well-written, I was completely taken aback. I would have never expected an ending such as this one¿ especially not depicted in the way it was. Sheer insanity. The constant turns taken in the plot, along with ingenious writing made this enjoyable.
Thanks for the thrill, Dr. York.