I'm just back from Los Angeles, where I was part of a dissertation defense for Jasper Cross, of the Cardiff University.
Jasper was completing the work for a doctorate that combines critical and creative writing. The procedure here was a bit different from what I'm used to with American Universities. We convened in a teleconference room on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles at breakfast time so that we could connect with a faculty member in Wales who was to observe the proceedings. Yunte Huang (above left, University of California at Santa Barbara) joined me in examining Jasper, whose dissertation director, Lauri Ramey (above right), also joined us.
As you might have guessed from the smile and the above depicted champagne, Jasper Cross passed his examination with the highest marks.
But the real reason I'm bringing this to your attention is that the thesis submitted by Jasper Cross is a truly inventive novel titled THE MAN OF INSTRUCTIONS. The book is an intricate experiment in point of view and characterization, one that will reward many rereadings.
Dr. Cross already has attracted some publishers' interest and I look forward to seeing this book in print in the future. You should watch for it too --
And in the meantime, watch for Dr. Cross and his remarkable writing.
afterwards we repaired across town to a pub, where the World Cup was on view -- The USA had already lost their match -- oh well --