I, Carl A. Batlin, am the author of BATLINBLOG, and in it, I have composed a series of working papers here which formalize some of my thoughts on a wide variety of topics. They take the form of communications from one person the narrator, to another person, the reader, about a third entity, the subject. In some of these communications, the subject is an abstraction, so the paper is nonfiction, and the communication takes the form of an essay. Some of these essays concern topics of current interest, while others are of a more general, philosophical nature.
In other cases, the subject is another person, so that the paper is fiction, and the communication takes the form of a short story. In one type of these, the direct or first person short story, the narrator and the person of interest are one and the same, so that the reader can eavesdrop as the subject tells his or her own story. In the other type of fiction, the indirect or third person short story, the reader learns about the subject of interest through the voice of another person, the narrator.
I have occasionally made reference to musical accompaniments, identifying specific compositions by their names and composers. Because of the non-auditory limitation of the written word, I can do no better to recreate the mood of these songs than to reproduce their lyrics. To obtain their full impact, however, readers are encouraged to access the actual melodies that accompany those lyrics and listen to the two together.
In preparing this material, I would like to express my gratitude to Susan Hinko, Cheryline Lewis, Martin Weinstein, Frederic Baratie, and Robert Hedges for their perceptive comments and suggested improvements to earlier draft versions.
I have also written a novel based on my experiences in the world of banking and derivatives, In My Mind’s Eye. It’s available from Amazon here
In my writings, I examine how to leave behind a spiritual and material legacy. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
I hope you enjoy my posts, and I look forward to hearing from you.