Robert O'Reilly
Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

I am educated in the Western Classical Tradition, B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin and Greek, English major, one year at U. of Toronto, studied under Alain Renoir and Northrop Frye, read most classics full time for many years after university in French, English, Latin and Greek to the modern day. I am interested in the near future of technology, what changes it imposes upon our heritage and character as humans. Short stories and Essays are my medium.


7 Apr 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            Jonathan was tackled from behind and shoved down to the floor.  He hit hard and found himself lying right next to the fallen Bishop, who was unconscious and bleeding from the temple.  Jonathan's arms were then pinned behind his back and...

Living Apart

6 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  No man and woman in their early thirties, so apart from the rest of the world, so alone and stuck together in a lonely cabin in the middle of nowhere for three weeks, day and night, didn’t think of sex. It would be as natural a thought as eating o...

A confrontation

6 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            He made good progress down the deserted coastline, anchoring by night in coves or on beaches.  On the fifth day he spied another abandoned town, several miles up an estuary.  But he continued skirting the coast and two days later reached...

Up North with a Lesbian

5 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Life with a new partner. ‘K’ had previously run a small restaurant, a hamburger joint, in some little town up north with her female lover who was such a radical lesbian that she had recently broken up with ‘K’ and moved to a compound of like-minde...

Sailing South

5 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Nightmare The woman retired to the other room with her daughter, bidding Jonathan good night.  Before falling asleep he remembered the little boats bobbing in the harbor.  He’d sometimes gone sailing as a boy and thought that if he stayed close to...


4 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Northern California I see in this record a little bit of development in my own character. I clearly recognized that all relationships come at a price and that in some cases the sacrifice was too costly to pay. The break-up with Lindsey taught me t...

The deserted village

4 Apr 2023 8 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

     The town deserted                 He set out one morning after embracing each of his disciples.  He didn't want such an emotional parting, but it happened all the same.  He set his course as before, for the coast and the fisherman, with the hop...


3 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  “Aug. 19th, 10:30 p.m.: Bill joins Lindsey and me and we begin a long and joyful conversation, rich in topics, that rolls until the closing of the ‘Med’ at midnight, rolls down the street to the ‘Au Coquelet’ open till two, where I have wine and t...

Changing Times

3 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            As Jonathan decided this would be another holiday, he spent a portion of it cooking and serving them meals and trying to entertain them in between.  They weren’t much used to leisure and had no idle pastimes, so he taught them the game o...

Uncut Pages

2 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  A whole crowd of noisy housemates in the common room. The room on Emerson street was uncomfortably small. The common area, right outside the door to it was often busy with five other residents, all young students trying to finish school. It had a...