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About With Both Hands Publishing, LLC

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With Both Hands is a project of With Both Hands Publishing, LLC, which re-publishes the blog and written works of John J. Reilly with permission from his estate. With Both Hands also publishes book reviews and literary criticism of both classic and contemporary fiction and dabbles in other subjects on my whims.

I've been blogging since 2009, and the full archives are available for anyone to browse.


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Editorial policies

All content is my personal opinion, and not does not reflect the opinion or positions of any employer, organization, or other entity with which I am associated.

Comments are edited at whim, by me.

Amazon affiliate links support this publication.

Short book reviews, what I call mini-reviews, are cross-posted at Amazon, LibraryThing and Goodreads. Longer literary criticism is published here. When I have received a book for free, or some other compensation, it will be documented as such.

Spoilers will be discussed at will, but I am not trying to ruin it for you.

About Ben

My education is in physics and mathematics (Northern Arizona University, 2003), but I work as a medical device, drug, and biologics quality engineer. I have eighteen years of professional experience in the manufacture and design of medical devices, drug-device combination products, and biologic drugs. I am also interested in philosophy, particularly Thomist philosophy, with a focus on philosophy of nature and of statistics.

A fair summary of my interests can be gleaned from my reading log.

I served on the school board of San Francisco de Asís parish school in Flagstaff, AZ for four years, with a one year term as board chairman.

From April 2009 to April 2010, I was the secretary of the Dead Philosophers Society, the student society for distance students at Holy Apostles.

Unless some misspelling was involved in the past, Espen is Danish and means "Bear of the Gods". The name is a Danish form of the Old Norse name Asbjørn. In Scandinavian countries, Espen is a first name.

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