Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

John Fulton

Second Advisor

Askold Melnyczuk

Third Advisor

Stephen Sutherland


This work consists of an excerpt from an in-progress novel. The excerpt follows Ben Candler, founder and guitarist of the moderately popular instrumental rock outfit the Argument, as he attempts to locate his paramour, Caladia Laboe. Themes of loss, longing, betrayal, discovery, shock, awe, sexuality, banality, urbanity, cannabis, artifice, incoherence, innocence, experience, avarice, halibut, compromise, sound, vision, fury, sodomy, harmony, salinity, sacrality, criminality, centrality, minority, proximity, sublimity, and prolixity are addressed, with consideration made of federal aeronautic regulations, auditory hallucinations, uncertainty principles in space, time, and others of the so-called dimensions, traffic constrictions, municipal economic limitations, the vainglorious aspirations of the days of futures past, and the mating habits and moral turpitude of the Northern California Common Rock Dove.


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