E. C. Huddleston is a strong atheist living a hundred miles south of the middle of nowhere in the buckle of the Bible belt. He works an eclectic variety of jobs and spends much of his free time reading nonfiction. He understands that you can only read so many words in your lifetime and hopes to save you from wasting your time on empty ones by calling and weeding out authors who have nothing to say.
Huddleston questions Still’s philosophical assault on the notion of life after death. If one understands this life as a time of soul-making, then our earthly life is neither purposeless nor overshadowed by the afterlife to come.