My muse? Civilized life inverts reality in such a way that the truly important things are forced into the background and overshadowed by alienating distractions. My writing is largely a desperate and angry reaction to this–and an attempt to elevate the mundane details of the world around me to their proper level of sovereignty.
New book: Stones: Meditations on Human Authenticity
“What do an ailing human body and our planet have in common? Plenty. Mark Seely deftly explores the connections in Stones, combining a psychologist’s insight into human behavior, a teacher’s skill for making complex information understandable, and a poet’s gift for beautiful syntax. Equal parts memoir, history, and cultural philosophy, Stones examines what it means to be human in today’s world, from planetary crisis to personal mortality. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but Seely will definitely make you think.” ~ John Sheirer, author of Make Common Sense Common Again and Loop Year: 365 Days on the Trail
“You will find it hard to put down this remarkably engaging and thought-provoking book, and will never look at cancer, civilization, and the human condition in the same way. Mark Seely’s writing grabs you from the first sentence and gently leads you, step by step, to a fuller but alarming understanding of who you are—maybe it is time to blow up the computer and move to the woods.” ~ Dr. Donald Johanson, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind