“A public service announcement for anyone who has only known Rob for two minutes or so: Rob is made of contrary atoms. Whatever makes perfect sense to you, he will immediately (and with surprisingly little indication of artifice or irony) assert the opposite. Does he really believe what he says? Probably, because he’s made of contrary atoms. Will it do any good to argue? Probably not, but sometimes you are compelled to do so, because his assertions seem so patently unfounded and indefensible. Has he really thought it through? Hard to say, because he will defend it to the death no matter what. I for one celebrate the contrary atoms of Rob. Who’s with me?”
—James Lee Phillips, friend of Robert since 1985
Robert Peate has always loved to write. He wrote his first poem, for a school literary magazine, at age eight and his first story, for a school English class, at age eleven. He wrote primarily for his own amusement for many years, then joined the self-publishing revolution in 2010 with Cagey and 2 Others, a collection of three short stories.
In 2005 Robert completed his first major work, The Recovery, a play depicting the life of Yeshua of Jerusalem. In 2013 he completed his second major work, Sisyphus Shrugged, a sequel/rebuttal to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. On GoodReads’ list of fiction exploring American political thought, Sisyphus Shrugged has ranked higher than such classics as Brave New World, 1984, All the King’s Men, The Manchurian Candidate, and Primary Colors. This work earned him an interview with Lisa Loving on Portland’s KBOO radio station, which you may hear on this website.
Now having written fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for over thirty years, Robert recently placed the finishing touches on Money’s Men, his continuation of the story begun in Sisyphus Shrugged, and has resumed work, begun in 2013, on an anti-theocracy dystopian science-fiction novel entitled The Sun Children. He lives and writes in West Linn, Oregon, with his wife and their two children.
George Orwell said, ‘Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it. It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows.’ I see myself as following in his tradition of using literature as social commentary on the issues of the day. I have carefully targeted my recent work on problems that I wish to lance like boils, such as Christianity and capitalism.
I provoke thought, because that is what needs provoking. Humanity seems to hate thinking more than any other activity, and yet that is the activity most needed. I do what I can to force thought along, and I am hated and shunned for it. That’s ultimately acceptable to me, because the work needs to be performed; I can perform it; and I wish to perform it. Let others appreciate it or not as they may; it pleases me to do what I do, so I do it.
My philosophy of art used to be, ‘Art should be as beautiful as possible–the World is ugly enough.’ I felt the goal should be to uplift and inspire to make the World a better place. I still feel that goal, but now I think the method can include some of the World’s ugliness, carefully managed, to aid in the inspiration. The artist’s palette includes a range of good and evil, as the World does. Knowledge of the World requires that we study wrong as well as right. Presentation is key.
I love writing, but I don’t have a choice about it. I can’t stop it from happening. I’m told some writers need to eliminate distractions to write, but when my inspiration comes, it distracts me from everything else no matter where I am or what I am doing! This can be quite inconvenient, even dangerous. It’s like a dream that takes over. Sometimes I feel I don’t live in the real world, and those who know me might agree. Of course, we all know what the song says: “Life is but a dream.”
Thank you for taking the time to visit this website, and may you enjoy living your dreams!
Lucas, Robin, Robert, Claire, and Flower.
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