The first four installments feature the historical, somatic Other along with his counterpart the One, an intellective and metphysical character. Forming a changing and organic dynamic, the Other and the One unite and clash over the course of many years.
"Antinomy" is the first book in the series. It concerns the birth and early development of the Other and the first manifestation of the One. Its topics are pedagogy and metaphysics. Dr. Shellko used the pseudonym Lucian Whyte.
An impressive effort at blending a classical style with contemporary, highly personal issues - giving us an intriging sense of the inevitability of fate.
-Dr. Robert Sweeney, John Carroll Universitymore
Reign of Eros
"Reign of Eros" is a meditation on the at-times antagonistic dynamic between men and women. Its main character, a young, decadent man of affluence, experiences four relationships that form him and his understanding of the gender other: dispassion, sensuality, fascination and acquiescence. Caught in paradox, the raven-haired youth seeks an elusive unity. His realization that genuine understanding of the gender other arrives only through necessary anguish is surpassed only by his recognition that a psycho-metaphysical union with the gender other is impossible.
[Shellko] has worked out a fascinating form, quite new to my experience…illustrating the drama of sexual argument…His animation of space and place puts you there in wizardly fashion…[using] dialogues which sail freely across philosophical and erotic issues.
-Dr. Irwin Weil, Northwestern Universitymore
"Pedai" is a phenomenal meditation on the dynamic of friendship and its influence over moral actions. Seeking his counterpart the One, the Other undergoes a profound alteration when confronted by conflict and instability in common interactions with those bonded to him. The organic nature of moral character emerges within the narrative of "Pedai" or "fetters."
At times humorous and at times dark,Pedai investigates the multi-layered and sometimes painful connections that humans endure with one another. The narrative of the youthful Other is continued. Disturbing, provocative, dark and hilarious.-Dr. William Welton, Kent State Universitymore
Through magical realism and archetypal images "Singularity" chronicles the life of a character with no name, the Other, whose counterpart is the One, a symbol of intellection. The fourth in the series, it concerns the genesis of community, and the development of goodness in the Other who has until now been an anti-hero. Fear, Idealism, Force, Political Power and the overwhelming potency of Unity itself all are personified in the gathering of humans, here called homotheria. Encapsulating the intricate enigma of solidarity and existence, "Singularity" presents its readers with a philosophical puzzle – not an investigation of appearance and reality, but a conviction that reality is not reality.
Shellko's latest work is a dark, sardonic, and deeply humorous look at both average and not-so-average human beings and their attempt to live together in community. The comic veracity of its portrait of humanity in communal life is rooted in philosophical reflection on...more