About

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Santa Cruz Mountains, 2016

Welcome to my site! I am Jonathan Erdman, a writer living something of a nomadic life. I spend my summers writing and living in the beautiful, remote mountain community of McCarthy, Alaska. Winters take me to the Santa Cruz Mountains, in northern California, where I work at a CPA firm, enjoy hikes in the redwoods, spend time with my niece and nephews, and organize with DSA activists (Democratic Socialists of America).

I think of myself as an activist and a philosopher as well as a socialist and a theologian. My primary activist activities are directed through DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), where I’m currently serving as co-Chair of our local DSA Santa Cruz Mountains Branch.

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The first lake, @ Donoho Basin, 2017, McCarthy, AK

In 2008 I completed a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, with an emphasis on biblical exegesis. I am not, I must stress, a formally trained philosopher, but I nonetheless think of myself as a philosopher, but not in the typical modern sense. I’m more of a philosopher in the ancient Greek sense. The original philosopher was a “lover of wisdom,” someone who lived on the fringes of society, intentionally so because they believed that being immersed in the pleasures and privileges of one’s culture would immunize one toward the pursuit of wisdom and insight. Hence such a person was generally not respected or revered (as academic philosophers are today) but often considered to be a weirdo or a bit of an eccentric, on outlier.

I write fiction, primarily, but I also have a good deal of nonfiction, most of which is posted on this site, including my theological writings from the 2000s. My creative writing projects tend to meander into explorations of the following themes: American culture, the human condition, nature & place, socialism & capitalism, politics, spirituality, religion and the paranormal.

My preferred approach to writing is humor, usually dry humor, a little quirky and off beat. My writing also explores religion and mediation. I grew up in the conservative Midwest, as an Evangelical, and although I no longer belong to any specific religion, I am still deeply engaged in spiritual and theological discussions, particularly in terms of developing and organizing a holistic revolution: spiritual, cultural, and political.

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My primary writing project is a book of speculative fiction, set in Alaska. A young woman sets out to build her homestead in her remote home community, just south of the Arctic Circle, but she discovers a radio allowing her to hear things that no ordinary mortal can hear. This leads to various personal crises and challenges that push her deeper into her own family roots and prompts questions about how we handle information and knowledge that we are not yet prepared for.

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Commercial fishing, Kodiak, Alaska, circa 2011

I have other fiction projects, including short stories and a very long book (or series of books) that I think of as my Impossible Novel. My Impossible Novel is also set in Alaska and explores the lives of outliers who sacrifice stability and a permanent address in exchange for a life of travel and seasonal jobs.

For more on my journey, here’s a post I wrote up on my life in 2019:

And I recently wrote up a memoir of my life, covering the decade just gone by, 2010 to 2020. It’s some substantial reading and also packed with pics. Right now I’ve got it in the form of a post, but I’m looking to transfer it into an ebook format, at some point.

3 Comments

  1. Renee Waggener says

    I’m curious what you skills you hope to bring to the Central Committee 5th district. What do you feel the committee is currently missing and what made you want to run.
    Thanks for sharing

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    • I very much appreciate your question!

      One of the primary things I’d like to see is that I’d like the Democratic Party of Santa Cruz County to endorse progressive candidates. For example, Anna Eshoo is on the make for big money from the healthcare industry, so she is currently working against Medicare for All. We need to change that.

      Secondly, I’d like the Party to endorse rent control measures. Currently the Party is, for all practical purposes, actively working against rent control in Santa Cruz County, which, as a result, we live in one of the most expensive counties in California. The failure of the DCC to support pro-rent control measures and politicians has taken us down the road to becoming a bedroom community of Silicon Valley. This approach is really hurting working people as well as vulnerable folks.

      Cost of living is out of control and it needs to be addressed. When myself and others of like mind are on the DCC we will provide much needed balance to a Committee that does not represent the values of most Santa Cruz County residents, and certainly not in my District, District 5.

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      Thanks for the inquiry.

      Where do you find yourself, politically? Are you active in county politics?

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