Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sean Linnane is a pseudonym
My background is military, of course, and civil engineering. Born in Australia, raised in Southeast Asia; I am an immigrant to the United States. My family heritage is Anglo-Irish; I myself am three-quarters Irish. The name 'Sean Linnane' is taken from the Gaelic version of my mother's maiden name, and my middle name; related to the word linen, it means 'a cloak'. I have made pilgrimage to the Old Sod; my journeys have also taken me to Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and a million other places in between.
I am very interested in Ancient Greece & Rome and their extensive influence on our modern culture: art, architecture, thought, philosophy & politics.
I speak English, French and Thai, and have a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic. I have developed a personal philosophy of Life by studying the ancients - Aristotle, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius - the moderns - Nietzche, Orwell, Ayn Rand, William F. Buckley Jr. - and of course those in the middle - Voltaire, John Locke, John Stuart Mill - distilling this knowledge and wisdom through the crucible of punishing warrior training and military service on five continents.
I was taught that the meaning of life is hard work, that work is it's own reward, and the motto of the Benedictine monks: Laborare est Orare - to work is to pray. In my off-time I enjoy working my land, carving civilization out of the wasteland, woodworking and carpentry, small engine maintenance and repair, pumping iron, reading - I am inspired by Joyce, Conrad and Hemingway - and of course I write STORMBRINGER. I regularly practice military combat pistol marksmanship training; weapon of choice is Mr. Browning's most excellent design the M1911 Government Model - the only hand gun for the true American warrior.
I am an American soldier; retired from active duty, but still serving in other capacities.
Thank you, and may your God go with you.
- S. L.