Paul M. Rodriguez

Works

The Ruricolist · Essay series · 2007–2011

The Ruricolist is an essay series in the form of a blog.

The Ruricolist is mostly essays – 157 of them, such as:

The rest of the 234 numbers is made up of “caprices”: stories, fables, satires, monologues, “nondefinitions,” and others. I think the fables are particularly good:

All numbers of The Ruricolist are still available for reading online in blog form.

The Endless City · Novel · 2012

The Endless City is a novel.

The City is endless to the edges of the world. West and east, north and south, unbroken, the City goes on, long arterial highways spreading into streets and boulevards, nourishing the buildings that are born and age and die. It has always been this way; it must always be this way, the City of and for itself, the silent lives of empty rooms.

Men live here too. While the walls stand and the seals hold, their shelters are their homes. But seasons pass, and walls rot, and the old buildings make way for new. Men live here too. But they are few, and frightened, and afraid...

I have a hard time summarizing it – nothing easily summarized is worth writing – but it has been repeatedly described to me in terms of both Cormac McCarthy (particularly The Road) and Borges.

(I never read The Road until after The Endless City was finished. There is a resemblance in tone and incident, and I can see why people would suspect an influence, but the books are really very different, almost opposites.)

The Rambler · Editor · 2012

The only complete electronic edition of Samuel Johnson's Rambler available anywhere online, with all classical quotations (Latin and Greek) checked and corrected, in attribution and content, against their original sources.

(I felt, and feel, a sense of personal of obligation to Samuel Johnson. The Life of Johnson was the thing that persuaded me I could be a writer, and The Rambler was a major influence on The Ruricolist, in scope if not in style. So, when I couldn’t find a complete edition at a reasonable price, I created one.)

This edition is now also available in print:

TBRSS · Website · 2013–present

TBRSS is a research project, a tool, and a business. It is a research project where I investigate how far algorithms can understand and recognize quality in writing (and thinking). It is a tool I use to keep up with the best of what is being thought and said. And it is a business – the feed reader for readers.

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