The biggest problem with autism is that no one knows what it is,or what causes it. That's why the debates about it are so confusing and unrewarding. People aren't talking about the same thing. I was very interested in autism when I was writing The Birdcatcher, and that continued as I worked on The Shyness Guide. In both books … Continue reading The Autism Matrix – a new vision
For years now I've been saying that shy solitary people are perfectly natural, that shyness and non-social behavior is common throughout nature. What better example is there than bees? Most people know that the honeybee is one of the most social animals on Earth. But how many know that of the approx. 25,000 species of … Continue reading Solitary Bees
Although I have had the domain alanconrad.com since 2006, and I hoped to continue with it here at WordPress, the location of its registration, it is proving to be problematic in the WordPress system and my access to the location of its registration is so poor, that I have decided that I must abandon it. … Continue reading Alan Conrad address change
In my 2009 essay For Madmen Only (now a page on this site), I presented my idea that the ending of Herman Hesse's novel Steppenwolf isn't at the end of the book, but at the beginning. For several years that was a page on the previous Alan Conrad/Shy Highway website where it received more visits than the rest … Continue reading Steppenwolf vs Herman Hesse
When I had my previous website, The Loner's Highway, it was accompanied by a secondary blog known as The Society for the Protection of Fictional Characters, or, in short, the SPFC. I liked that name, and the acronym, but the acronym presented a problem. A web search found that SPFC includes: São Paol FC, a football/soccer … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction
My novel The Birdcatcher is an exploration of the true nature of shy solitary people. Christopher Stone is a shy loner who has found a way to function in society without abandoning his true self. He knows how to be part of it, while remaining apart from it. If you'd like to see someone like that in … Continue reading Should you read The Birdcatcher?
When he was a boy and was sent away to boarding school, the famous Clive Staples Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, etc.) was miserable. Realizing that he was too shy for it, his father took him out of the school. He sent him to live in the country with a private tutor, Willam T. Kirkpatrick. Lewis … Continue reading A Shyness Rescue – the Narnian
I've been asking myself this since I was in high school in the 1960s. That's when I read the chapters in H.G. Wells's Outline of History, where he introduced me to the evolution of early humans. Inspired, I read everything I could find on human origins. Over the years I noticed that most writers assumed that humanity … Continue reading Are We a Social Animal?
Although I'm located in North America, my books sell more copies in the United Kingdom than in the rest of the world put together. When I set up my first website in 2006, I quickly noticed that visits to the site were disproportionately from the UK. Despite the disparity in population between North America and … Continue reading Shyness in the UK |Why do my books sell more there?