Charles Nolan's new poetry chapbook "Prayer" is out in a limited run first printing. The poems, based on the "Seven Kinds of Prayer" from the "Book of Common Prayer" of 1789, look at prayer as the natural function of a human being, regardless of belief system (or not). As with "The Holy Bluff" the book was designed and prepared for print by the ever talented Joe Kantorski (http://kantorskidesign.com/). It will soon be available as a "print on demand" from Amazon.
The Ernest Becker Foundation has published one of Charles Nolan's pieces on their website. Becker is a major influence and his work is referred to many times in "The Holy Bluff. The piece is entitled "Becker with Real Bullets". It could easily be subtitled "The Search for Meaning Gone Terribly Wrong". It underscores the way a philosophy, whether spelled out or not, has a major impact on personal and group behavior, for better or worse. Here's the link:
“Meaning” is Not an Option
It’s as essential to human life as air or water. Suicide kills more Americans than murder. 13% of the American population is on antidepressants, which are the second most commonly prescribed drugs in the country. There’s a big black hole we all need to fill. Drugs won’t fill it, alcohol won’t fill it and religion won’t fill it, not any more.
This is the starting point for “The Holy Bluff”, Charles Nolan’s first full length book of non-fiction. The big black hole and how we fill it is the driving idea behind all of his writing – nonfiction, short prose and poetry, as well as his songwriting and performance art.