Sisyphian Cycles: A Meditation between Philosophy and Fiction
For Albert Camus, the noted existentialist, Sisyphus is the absurd hero who is condemned to roll a boulder up a hill only to let it fall. Then he is forced to repeat the action again for all of eternity. This was his punishment for stealing secrets from the gods. Sisyphus is the absurd hero, because he has both the audacity to steal from the gods and the impotence of a eternity of useless toil. Camus feels that these traits concisely represent the human condition, one of willing and surrendering. In my stories, I found myself tracing these lines of characters that embrace this absurdity. The creative process for writing these works started first with a philosophical idea or concept and then moved to an image or a scene. Maurice Merleau-Ponty would call this the cogito (I think) before the percipio (I percieve). Some of these writings such as 'What I Mean by Fat (Dialogue on Bad Faith)" and "Causality No More" attempt an interpretation of a philosophical ideal. Others are more playful with the reciprocity between fiction and philosophy. The poems "Stillborn" and "Egon Schele's Hands" deal with Sartre and Merleau-Ponty's views of sexuality. "Viscosity" pertains to Gestalt reasoning, and "The Alarm Clock" is a both Cartesian and existentialist. When you are reading these works please keep in mind that they are not intended to be philosophical tracts, rather they are fictional writings inspired by philosophical ideas.