personal philosophical essays have been published in The New York Times, Pleiades, The Antioch Review, North American Review, The Sun, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. They were selected as notable essays in The Best American Essays in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and have been anthologized in America Now (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2011, 9th ed.). Brian's aphorisms have been anthologized in Short Flights: Thirty-Two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit (Schaffner Press, 2015).
Brian received a master's degree in theology from Duke University and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he works as a software developer.