Writing / Published Works

The Fool Returns

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A novel by Tom Block - 2014

Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution

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A book by Tom Block, 2014

U.S. Major General (ret.) Charles Tucker noted of Prophetic Activist Art:

"Tom Block is a visionary at the intersection of art and conscience.  Written with style and conviction, his new work is a “must read” for those searching for an ethical fulcrum from which to nurture equity, justice and human security."

Machiavelli in America

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A Book by Tom Block, 2014

Machiavelli in America traces the roots of America’s tough take on political power to the Florentine thinker. From the Founders (c. 1770s) through today’s rough-and-tumble political panorama, Machiavelli's rationale has been adopted in domestic politics as well as international relations.

A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

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A book by Tom Block, 2012

“A Fatal Addiction” explores the “violence of God” tradition as it exists in all religions (including Buddhism), and then examines how this dynamic is flipped, with political leaders using spiritual and religious language to sell war to the general public.  http://www.algora.com/391/book/details.html

Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity

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A Book by Tom Block, 2010

From FonsVitae.com:
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity is a groundbreaking study introducing to the popular reader, the story of respectful and loving interfaith relations between Sufis (Islamic mystics) and Jewish spiritual thinkers for nearly one thousand years.  From the inception of Islam, to the Golden Age (8th-12th centuries) Jewish-Sufis of Arabia, North Africa and Spain, through the Kabbalists in Spain and the Holy Land, and then into 18th century European Hasidism, Islamic and Jewish ideas commingled to influence both paths, as well as strongly influencing the Jewish mystical system.

"Exhortations" published in North of Oxford

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North of Oxford, December 1, 2017

An excerpt from my "Letters to an Imaginary Friend" manuscript was published in the literary journal "North of Oxford."




Anyone who knows you well will know you as a hypocrite.


Farid ud-Din Attar: The Conference of the Birds

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HowlRound, July 28, 2017

Farid ud-Din Attar: The Conference of the Birds published in HowlRound

The third in my series of examining how specific mystical thinkers -- in this case, the 13th century Sufi mystic Attar and his mystical allegory "Conference of the Birds" -- was published in "HowlRound."  This brings to four the number of articles in this series:

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