Welcome to the LITERARY FICTION of

 

Welcome to the the COLLECTED SHORT PROSE of

TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

&

TALES SIDE UP

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief introduction below:-

 

Apart from the first two pieces, 'The Weekly Lesson' and 'The Weekly Confession', which date from as early as 1976, all the rest of the short stories or works of short prose, as I prefer to call them, collected together here were written between 1979-84 in fairly successive vein, and demonstrate a more philosophically oriented, if not always integrated, approach to the genre which would indicate that, in the five or so years during which I wrote them, I had gravitated away from pure fiction or even poetic fiction towards the philosophical concerns which were to increasingly occupy me in the years to come, not least in respect of an ideological approach to philosophy which was to colour many of the pieces in this collection and cause me to think of them as an adjunct to my purely intellectual writings.  In fact, the inclusion of an aphoristic appendix, which originally followed the piece 'Dream Compromise' (The concluding piece in the ebook version of this title [see below])  in what was formerly a separate volume, and indeed one of a number of such volumes, should testify to my inclination to regard short prose and aphoristic philosophy as two sides of the same metaphysical coin, the prose in question being anything but story-like, in what usually transpires, contrary to the literary grain, to be a series of monologues with transcendental overtones. – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

THE WEEKLY LESSON

THE WEEKLY CONFESSION

THE AESTHETICA

HANLEY'S CONCEPT

A LITERARY TRINITY

A VISIT TO HELL

THE RECKONING

OCCUPATIONAL SPECIES

THE CHRISTIAN COMPROMISE

AN EXTRARDINARY RUMOUR

THE TURNING POINT

CAUGHT UNAWARES

FROM THE DEVIL TO GOD

AN UNEXPECTED CRISIS

TO THE MILLENNIUM AND BEYOND

PERFECTION OUR GOAL

NOLAN'S INVESTIGATIONS

LIVING IN THE CITY

A CANINE CRIME

AN EVENING WITH PAUL KELLY

PROSPECT OF A CHANGE

EXTRACTS FROM A JOURNAL

DREAM COMPROMISE

MILLENNIAL PROJECTIONS

MUSICAL EVOLUTION

CONCERNING BLACK HOLES

A VERY CIVILIZED MAN

THE TWO LITERATURES

WISDOM

A PUBLIC WRITER

UNDERSTANDING SEX

SPACE PHILOSOPHY

UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

A PRIVATE INTRODUCTION

SPACE JOURNAL

THE SPELL

CONCERNING A TREE

MUSICAL THEORIES

TWO-WAY SWITCH

A SELFISH MAN

SEX IN THE HEAD

VISUAL EXPERIENCES

CLASS DISTINCTIONS

WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS

SPIRITUAL LEADERS

TWO KINDS OF STRENGTH

BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES

RELATIVITY

REVOLUTIONARY REVELATIONS

POLAR ATTRACTIONS

UNDERSTANDING BUREAUCRACY

A THINKER AT LARGE

RELATIVE DISTINCTIONS

DOING IT ALONE

TWELVE THINKERS

FREE-ELECTRON SEXUALITY

A VERTICAL INTEGRITY

CREATIVE EXTREMES

FOR TRUTH

LEADER'S TRANSCENDENTALISM

A TRUE EXTREMISM

A PERMANENT CROSS

MORE PLASTIC

SUPERNATURAL UPGRADING

CENTRIST SEXUALITY

WRITERLY PRINT

SUPERNATURAL TRAVEL

SIX THINKERS SPEAKING

FIVE SPEECHES SUCCEEDED

THUS SPEAKS THE SOCIAL TRANSCENDENTALIST

APPENDIX: APHORISMS

 

All files Copyright © 1976-2012 John O'Loughlin

 

 

 

Preview before downloading the Lulu eBook, which is effectively Vol.1, @

Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

Preview before downloading the Lulu eBook, which is effectively Vol.2, @

Tales Side Up

 

For a complete list of his eBooks @ Lulu.com visit John O'Loughlin's

Author Spotlight

 

Other collectivized websites by the author include:-

LOPSIDED CONVERSATIONS & FLOPSIDED CONVERSATIONS

CONVERGENCE

 

TEXT LINKS

Centretruths Literature Catalogue

Centretruths on Wordpress.com

Guestbook

 

Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot and, upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Graduating in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with history-oriented further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of factors, left the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer-cum-office-skills tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late '80s and early '90s, he has steadfastly continued with ever since, penning (in addition to collections of essays, short prose, dialogues, etc.) some 150 original titles of a mostly philosophical nature.

 

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