Thanks to members of five local writers groups and all who contributed to the February 20th discussion on Writers Groups.
We are grateful to the Mendocino Hotel for use of the Garden Room.
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Member Steve Sapontzis' book, Subjective Morals, published by University Press of America is available for a donation of $25 (or more) to Second Chance, Helping the Pets of People in Need, which helps low-income dog owners on the coast feed and care for their beloved companion animals. Send checks to Second Chance, POBox 2622, Ft. Bragg, CA 95437, and you will quickly receive a brand new book in return.
From the book's back cover:
Is morality a good thing? Is moral relativism a bad thing? Traditionally, moral philosophers have presumed that the answers to both questions must be yes. In today’s world, however, many moralists feel obligated to ban gay marriage or censor whatever they deem offensive, and others feel morality commands them to bomb abortion clinics and fly planes into buildings. Unfortunately, it has become all too common for such true believers to use moral values to justify their often destructive behavior.
Subjective Morals breaks with tradition to provide a careful analysis of moral values and the goods and evils they produce. After analyzing the concepts and categories that structure our moral practice, Sapontzis concludes with recommendations for how we may enjoy the benefits of moral values while minimizing their evils.
Scott Hutchins is an American novelist and short-story writer. A native of Arkansas, he was awarded a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Five Chapters, The Owls, The Rumpus, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and Esquire Magazine. His debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, has been called both "revelatory and exciting" and "ambitious and accomplished." He currently holds a Jones Lectureship in Stanford's creative writing program.