Recent publications:

Editor, contributor: "David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of Time." Special issue of SubStance (2015: 44, 1) on David Mitchell's fiction, featuring an interview with Mitchell on the subject of time.

Co-editor, special issue of Kronoscope (Vol 15, 1), papers from conference on "Time and Change in China and the West" at Beijing Normal University, June 20 – 22, 2014 (co-sponsored by the School of Philosophy and Sociology at Beijing Normal University and the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST)

"Tracing the Cretan Labyrinth: Mythology, Archaeology, Topology, Phenomenology."Kronoscope14 (2014): 133-49.

"Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession." In Luisa del Giudice, ed.,Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts(New York: Fordham UP, 2014): 79-89.


Co-Editor: Spiritual Politics After Deleuze

Essay in Cahiers de L'Herne: Michel Serres


I am a Professor of English at LMU, where I teach courses on interdisciplinary topics like Nothing, Wonder, Time, & Chaos.

I invite you to explore this site, which reflects my many areas of scholarly/creative interest.



Wielding the LMU Mace at President David W. Burcham's Inauguration, March 2011.



I find peace playing with my protean rock garden, where Nothing is written in stone....

Blog: "The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin"


Co-organizer, "Time's Urgency," The International Society for the Study of Time's Sixteenth Triennial Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK, 26 June to 2 July 2016.

Co-driector, with Brad Stone (Philosophy, LMU), Bellarmine Forum 2016: "The Values of Time."




Areas of special interest:

Simon Rodia's Watts Towers of Los Angeles

My essay on The Watts Towers;

Interview for LMU Magazine

Constraint-based Writing

What is the Oulipo?

Alpha Rap live with David Ornette Cherry!

Semester Statistics

Fall 2015

on sabbatical!

sabbatical project:

"Stoned Thinking, Writing Rocks"

see you in spring '16