Explore the universe with me through photography, science fiction, horror, poetry, and nonfiction, especially about metafiction and teaching. Interested in the influence of narrative language on perception and behavior? Check out my book Narrative Madness.
An award-winning instructor (High Impact Teaching Award from the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2018) of composition and literature at City College of San Francisco, I also taught composition for eight years at San Francisco State University and English as a Second Language for thirteen years in Seoul, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Tokyo. I have a master’s degree in literature from San Francisco State University, a certificate in the teaching of composition, a Cambridge Certificate for English Language Training for Adults (CELTA), and a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Utah.
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I was looking for the Walter Benjamin quote on the Angel being blown backwards into the future. It is such an amazing essay and found your site. I really thought it was thought provoking your essay on time around this Walter Benjamin essay. I explored your site further and loved the photos of the Anti Trump protest. I went to Washington March and interviewed people on the street with video. Now editing it together into a 20 minute documentary through the protestors with words and signs. I am going to write down your site so I can revisit it and delve into it more. So proud of San Francisco for taking back the airport with the terrible and hateful executive order. Keep up the good work. -Laurie
Thanks so much for your kind words. Thanks for promoting my site. I would love to know about your documentary and to do my part to promote it!
I don’t use a kindle… wish I could read your book on DQ…
Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this. I could send you a pdf for your computer, Leanne. Would that work?
Hi, my name is Nelsy Rodriguez and I’m a Public Information Representative at East Bay Municipal Utility District, the East Bay Area’s water provider. I would like to connect with you to discuss the potential use of one of your photos in an EBMUD publication. Please email me at your earliest convenience so we can chat. Thanks so much.
Hi Nelsy? Did you ever use my photo? I have another good #edmud one on Instgram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BspQVgjDjcN/
Hi Richard, you really want to know who wrote DQ: not Cervantes, but if you are a good reader you should know the answer.. ( Cide Hamete Benengili minus Miguel de Cervantes= Siren) So now you know one secret.. and guess what.. the spurious DQ was also written by this writersgroup: Avellaneda minus ( not Miguel de Cervantes, but now the rest of his name..) i Saavedra= Siren II , or two or too.. also written by th Sireniacals or, the scond book written by the Sireniacal Gentlemen.. And so i have found over a hundred of codes, anagrams etc.. But you know, the Spanish edition was published before the Original version was revealed. And not without a reason.. it was not important who wrote the Don Quixote, but why??
The final installment of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Vol 9) was published in 1767 not 1769. Thanks for writing about TS.
Thanks for the correction! I will change the post. And you’re welcome!
I read the monster at the end of the book to my grandson when he was two. His favorite book. Now he’s 25, tormented on the inside.
I sent him the book and told him to go inside and get the sense of it.
Today I see it as examining your tortured soul and at the end you see your a beautiful human being.
Hi, Ronald! Thanks a lot for the “Into the Abyss” article, I found it very useful and exciting. However, there is a broken link in its text where you say: “Las Meninas (which you can read about in my post Las Meninas: A Metapainting)” the link leads to a site that did not open (at least on my mobile). I did google up the post and read it with great interest, but maybe you will want to fix that. Once again, thank you for these posts. Cheers!
I am a Senior Consultant of Humanistic Studies in the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, Israel. My PhD dissertation as well as my research today focus on the jewish medieval literature.
I am very impressed, reading your life story concerning the Humanities teaching-learning. I like your interest in helping students improve their writing and your efforts to clarify the issue of reflexive texts. I will discuss your attitude about compositions with our teachers.
I apology for my bad english.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I would like to learn more about your studies of Jewish medieval literature. I am fascinated by writing from that period, especially medieval romances. Do you have a text you would recommend? (And your English was perfect.)
Thanks for your immediate response and for your interest in my research. The Jewish medieval literature that I focus on, is part of the Midrash literature. It looks like commentary literature about the Bible, but as I suggest, commentary in this medieval literature is a poetic tool that create a new genre in the context of the Midrash discourse. This new perception of exegetical texts is my main interest. The work that I examine has been written in Yemen during the 14th century. One can find links to the 10th century Jewish literature in Spain.
Abrief introduction to Midrash literature you can find here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233987770_Jewish_Bible_Commentary_A_Brief_Introduction_to_Talmud_and_Midrash
And about textual mirrors in the Midrash literature I recommend this wonderful book: Textual Mirrors, Reflexivity, Midrash, and the Rabbinic Self
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Hello, we are a Japanese educational publisher, Kyogakusha, based in Kyoto. We looked for your contact details, but I guess this is how people get in touch with you first.
We publish collections of past university entrance exams as each university/college sets its own entrance exams every year here in Japan.
We would like to request permission to reprint the following short excerpt from your book on NON-EXCLUSIVE BASIS in our forthcoming textbook.
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Title: Narrative Madness: The Quixotic Quest for Reality
Author: Ronald B. Richardson
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Excerpts: approximately 100 words from a paragraph starting with “What is metafiction?…”
Title: Seijo University (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Social Innovation) (2024 – 2026 editions)
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Publication Duration: July 2023 – March 2026
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I would be honored to be included in this anthology. I also have a close connection to Japan having lived there and taught English, including exam preparation, for two years. Here is my email address: profronosaurus at gmail.com.