| DR. E'S BIO:|
Ohio, Dr. E grew up
outdoors except for when he was sitting in front of
a computer. He attended Princeton and received a Ph.D. in physics from
Chapel Hill where his dissertation
on an artifical retina for the blind won a Merrill Lynch
Innovations Award. Now and then he
teaches a class in physics or programming, but mostly he writes fiction and codes.
His two latest projects, authena.org and
22surf.org, seek to
empower indy artists, authors, musicians, and creators with Open Source Content Management Systems.
THE TOUR & DOCUMENTARY:
Since 1995, "Dr. E" has been building a following for a new rugged American literature. Writing under pen
names inclduing Drake Raft, Ranger West, and Becket Knottingham, he has created an unprecedented living work of fiction.
visit his jollyroger.com network each month, and he's looking forward to hopping in his jeep and meeting &
building his audience on a national book tour promoting several books:
Jollyroger.com: Navigating an American
(nonfiction), the The Tragedy of
(fiction), Eternity in a Grain of Sand
(poetry), Autumn's Ranger (fiction to be published in 2004),
and Classical MBA: Navigating High Tech Startups Via Timeless Truths (business how-to to be published in 2004).
As a profitable venture, Jollyroger.com will fund an extensive cross-country tour and the shooting of a documentary
also entitled "Jollyroger.com: Navigating an American Renaissance." Publication by a major house will take it all
to the next level, allowing Dr. E to get the books in the hands of key reviewers, talk radio hosts, and
editors of literary
and technology publications and websites. Throughout the tour, Documentary footage will be uploaded to the web,
submitted to cable
and TV networks, and distributed on a DVD.
The jollyroger.com network represents the world's largest literary endeavor by a single author, drawing in over
500,000 people each
month to participate in Great Books forums and read Dr. E's poetry and prose. The New York Times deemed
jollyroger.com "simply unprecedented," adding that the site "teems with discussion, the kind that goes well beyond
freshman lit 101." The Los Angeles Times referred to the classical portal as "a lavish virtual community
known as The Jolly Roger."
Jollyroger.com has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Book
Magazine, The Los Angeles Times,
The Raleigh News and Observer, The Charlotte Observer, Home Office Computing, The Triangle Business Journal, The
Triangle Tech Journal, The Daily Tar Heel, The Lake Norman Times, The Charlotte Business Journal, The
Industry Standard, The Pittsburgh Tribune, The Outer Banks Sentinel and more.
excerpts here: http://www.jollyroger.com/beaconway/reviews.html.
Jollyroger.com: Navigating An American Renaissance: As a modern-day Thoreau and Benjamin
E has pioneered a bold literary vision on the web and turned it into a profitable venture. This book tells
story through a collection of the foundational essays, poetry, and prose defining a rugged American
literature beyond the postmodern fog. The classics buttress Dr. E's vision of a renaissance wherein words
marriages last, businessmen tell the truth, dotcoms and high tech ventures strive for meaningful profits over hype,
exalts while entertaining,
politicians navigate by the eternal
beacons, and sublime poetry rhymes and
signifies things. The book is a guide to applying leading Western philosophies to one's life, thereby
fostering romantic relationships, excelling in business, gaining a higher education, and enjoying life on a deeper
The Tragedy of Drakeraft.com: This contemporary Hamlet is told from the vantage point
who embark on a "heart of darkness" odyssey to Princeton to investigate the death of Drake Raft. Written in the
deeper context of the classics, the book carries the themes of renaissance and revival through the light-hearted,
Huck-Finnish perspective of the narrator. It has been taught in
high schools and has achieved the #1 best-selling position for a novel off amazon.com in North Carolina.
Elliot attended Princeton and received his Ph.D. in physics
from the University of North Carolina, writing
every spare second he had. His research on
a silicon artificial retina for the blind won several NSF grants and a Merrill Lynch Innovations award. The
retina-chip research appeared in publications including Popular Science and Business Week. Elliot
Classicals & jollyroger.com LLC as a technological tribute to the Great Books, and he recently spoke at the Harvard
Law School concerning his Authena.org project for Open Source software for managing
digital rights for artists.
Elliot, known as "Dr. E" to his students, teaches physics and programming at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and has published a poetry book, a novel, a collection of essays, several scientific
articles, and poetry in The Wall Street Journal. His books are a call to arms
aimed at enlightening and inspiring people to join him in taking the contemporary culture to new heights.
POST PUBLICTAION PUBLICITY VENTURES:
1. THE TOUR/DOCUMENTARY: PROMOTE THE GREAT BOOKS RENAISSANCE
A documentary will be shot of Dr. E's tour of bookstore chains, colleges and universities, and indy book shops
across the fruited
plains. The footage will include Dr. E reading from Jollyroger.com:
Renaissance & The
Tragedy of Drakeraft.com. Throughout the journey, Dr. E will leverage the web to publicize his talks such as
Pursuing The White Whale," wherein Dr. E will give away free copies of Moby Dick and other
classics, interview the "man-on-the-street" regarding their favorite
literature and thoughts on postmodernism, and inspire the audience to read
invite favorite classical poetry.
The jollyroger.com website will be used to schedule and track the tour with
interactive technology, complete with maps, forums, a live camera feed from Jeep, and uploads of daily
pictures and scenic video from Dr. E's travels and readings.
Dr. E will tour major colleges and universities, lecturing about a Great Books
curriculum while reading both classical and original poetry, essays, and fiction, and giving away
Along the way, Dr. E may participate in Brewster McCale's Bookmobile venture
http://www.archive.org/texts/bookmobile.php (He knows
Brewster & friends.)
2. HIGH SCHOOLS/COLLEGES: REACH YOUNG ADULTS
The Tragedy of Drakeraft.com was written in part to inspire the rising
generation to pick up the classics. It would be fun to visit high-school
and college libraries to deliver a light-hearted lecture on
the importance of the classics.
3. HIGH-TECH PRESS
Leverage the high-tech angle in press releases to garner publicity and interviews on sites
such as slashdot.org,
cnet radio, etc. Dr. McGucken has spoken at the Harvard Law School, the Duke University Business School, and the
Lulu Tech Circus concerning digital rights mangement (DRM) and technology for artists, and he has been featured in
technology publictions including The Triangle Tech Journal, Popular Science, and the technology
Businessweek and Book Magazine.
4. TRADITIONAL PRESS
Leverage the classical themes and high-tech angles in press releases to garner publicity in the New York Times,
Street Journal, National
Standard, New York Post, American Spectator
5. TALK RADIO
Dr. E has already spoken on several talk shows including NPR, and the huge talk radio network would be receptive
to the classical themes in the jollyroger.com renaissance.
From: matt drudge
Are you up for any guest spots on talk-radio? There is a super AM out of Denver, KOA-AM. The station reaches 38
states and 1.5 million on a good night. I have been on the station 3 times in the past month as a guest. Last week
they kept me on for 2 hours! Let me know. I will be glad to tell a producer there all about you. You touch my
heart, McGucken, with your words. DON'T STOP!
Matt Drudge-- columnist at drudgereport.com
6. THE TECHNOLOGY: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECTS
As the lead software architect of Authena.org (digital rights management
for artsists and authors presented at Harvard in May), and the founder of
photonavy.com, docfound.com, and 22blog.com, Dr. McGucken is working on
software which will allow people to create "Great Books Reading Clubs, complete
with calendars, discussion forums, and the texts of the Great Books. With this software, anyone can found a book
club and schedule meetings in local bookstores or coffee shops. Over time an international newtork
of Great Books clubs shall emerge.
7. THE DOCUMENTARY: JOLLYROGER.COM: NAVIGATING AN AMERICAN RENAISSANCE
This DVD/cable show will consist of footage tracking Dr. E's epic book tour and building of a renaissance across
the fruited plains. Throughout his journey, footage will be submitted
to cable companies and TV networks and presented online. A one to two hour compilation narrative of the tour's
highlights will be made available on DVD.
Dr. E recently laid claim to all the rights of his
first documentary shot while he was working with NBCi, entitled Moby Dick:
Call him Ishmael. Or Crazy Ahab. Moby Dick documents Dr. E's
to find a girl whose favorite great book is Moby Dick. Filmed during the end of the dotcom boom, the over
forty hours of footage follow him from New York to San Francisco to Austin to Chapel Hill. Orginally shot as a
project with the late NBCi, Dr. E now owns all the footage, as well as the two-hour finished project. More
information may be found here: http://jollyroger.com/film.
THE FANS: http://jollyroger.com/fans.html!
From: Chris Kitze
To: Elliot McGucken
. . I like the Jollyroger.com name, too. . . The next trick will be to make "the
world's classical community" something bigger. . .
Chris Kitze-- CEO of XOOM.COM & NBCI.COM
From: matt drudge
Are you up for any guest spots on talk-radio? There is a super AM out of Denver,
KOA-AM. The station reaches 38 states and 1.5 million on a good night. I have
been on the station 3 times in the past month as a guest. Last week they kept
me on for 2 hours! Let me know. I will be glad to tell a producer there all
about you. You touch my heart, McGucken, with your words. DON'T STOP!
Matt Drudge-- columnist at drudgereport.com
From: Rege Behe
My name is Rege Behe, and I'm a reporter with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
The last Sunday of every month, we run a poetry page in the Trib. We've featured
the likes of Robert Pinsky, Khaled Mattawa, Alastair Reid, Jay Parini, Eavan
Boland, etc. I'd like to interview you fellows, perhaps for the April or May
page. Would you be interested? We'd have to arrange a photo somehow with one
of your local newspapers, but I don't think that would be too hard. If you're
interested, please get back to me. By the way, the page is great.
Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
From: Hampton Stevens
Just a quick note to remind you that not everyone on the payroll of The New
York Times has been sucked down by the Siren's Song of Post-Modern Literary
Criticism. Indeed, some of us are even members of the mighty jollyroger.com
Hampton Stevens-- The New York Times Opinions Forum Host
From: kiril alexandrov
Glad to see your site, Red Avengers. . . Writers give purpose and shape to discontent
about today's civilization. Assessing that work, the Boston Book Review brings
readers into the ongoing project of literary life. . . If you ever have a novel
or book which comes forth from your ventures, send it our way! Keep up the great
Kiril Alexandrov, The Boston Book Review
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