Before the Beginning, During the Middle, After the End
Cosmology, Art, and Other Stories
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Krukowski's background as an artist and philosopher allows him to treat the topic of time from a unique vantage point. He writes eloquently, drawing on themes from religion, philosophy, and art to explore not only the three thematic times, but also the transitions between them, and the transitions to and from them."
--Susannah V. Levi, New York University, New York, NY
"Who better than an artist and philosopher, and a professor of both, to guide us through a bold exploration of the beginning and the end, with a rich and penetrating focus on the interplay of art, religion, and philosophy in framing the nature of life for the time in between. I salute Lucian Krukowski for giving us such an imaginative way . . . to explore this intriguing subject."
--Lattie F. Coor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
"How does my life (or the world, or a work of art) begin? How does my life (my world, the world) end? What is the significance of what happens in between, of the way pleasure and pain form the parameters of a life well lived? Lucian Krukowski's meditations on these themes are a journey through speculative cosmology, aesthetics, and the art of living. These lyrical, personal, and analytically rigorous investigations of the ways in which human life is suspended, not between being (God, eternity) and nothingness, but between nonbeing and nonbeing, are a worthy addition to the tradition of such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Walker Percy, and Albert Camus."
--Claude Evans, Washington University, St. Louis, MO