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Books and Stories
The fine gents over at Brandywine Books (the first blog I ever read) have revealed (to me) the existence of an audio recording of Flannery O'Connor reading A Good Man is Hard to Find at Vanderbilt University in 1959. Thanks, Phil. I have mixed feelings about O'Connor. I appreciate her work on many levels and yet I am not --to my surprise, given the wide agreement I share with her many admirers-- … [Read more...] about Flannery O’Connor Reads “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
N.D. Wilson is doing the thing I so long to see done. He is writing excellent stories from a deep well of thoroughly Christian understanding. In other words, he sees the world as it really is, magical, and is sharing delightful stories out of this well like a sloppy bucket poured out on dusty farmers. And boy has it been dusty. We need this kind of refreshment. He is also telling fantastic, … [Read more...] about Prince Caspian, Meet John Wayne
Before you dismiss this as "just a boring sports post," please know it isn't that. I'm watching game 7 right now of the World Series and don't know who will win. I don't actually care much. I'm a (mostly nominal) Reds fan and only watch any baseball when it's like this: dramatic and late. Part of what I love about sports is the stories. I think the main ways people in America explore/embrace … [Read more...] about Man Spends Moment in Spotlight in Touching Tribute to Father
When I do the dishes, I use way more water than my wife uses when she does them. This is because I am not as skilled as she is and I think by an avalanche of water I may drown away my dish washing inadequacies. Of course, my wife doesn’t complain about the water. It occurs to me that the same is true in writing and communication in general. If we are unsure of ourselves, unskilled, we pile up the … [Read more...] about Good Lessens
Image by Justin Gerard. Here's a section of N.D. Wilson's excellent (and short) post on Stories As Soul Food. Read the entire thing here. This is one of the principal things God has been giving me over the last several years. I believe this kind of understanding is true, beautiful, good, and liberating. -Sam N.D. Wilson... A Mistrust of Magic? Bible-believing Christians frequently have a deep … [Read more...] about Do You Believe In Magic?
Dave Bruno's image: Andy Gullahorn playing "Skinny Jeans" Hutchmoot 2:Revenge of Hutchmoot has ended. But for those who came either last year, or this year, it's like Hutchmoot never ends. It just gets carried around inside you for months and months to come. Like gold in your pockets. This year was special/amazing and I plan to write more about it later. But even if I never do myself... I'll … [Read more...] about Hutchmoot 2011: Calling For Your Story
From Paradox Bookstores in Wheeling, WV HT: 22 Words … [Read more...] about West Virginia Bookstore Has Coolest Sign Ever
More today from Chesterton's Orthodoxy and the amazing chapter 4: The Ethics of Elfland. A longer section today, but you can do it. I know you can. Here we have a sharp and hilarious critique of the Romantic poets, another goad to gratitude, and much more, all found in a fine nest of wizardly wordings. Remember, however, that to be breakable is not the same as to be perishable. Strike a … [Read more...] about Don’t Look A Winged Horse In The Mouth
Tuesday we heard from Wesley Hill, author of Washed and Waiting in part 1. Wesley had beautiful things to say which really resonated with me. His habit of humble, truthful articulation continues in this conclusion to our interview today. 4. You are working on a Ph.D. and focusing on the Trinity. Some of us are tempted to see the idea of the Trinity as a lofty, impossible, Theological subject … [Read more...] about Five Questions For: Wesley Hill, On The Story-Shaped Life (Part 2)
This is the first of two parts of one of our five question interviews. (Wow, that's a bunch of numbers.) This time we'll hear from Wesley Hill, author of Washed and Waiting. I loved this book in so many ways and whole-heartedly recommend it to you. I was chuffed when Wesley agreed to do the interview and delighted at his deep, thoughtful answers. I think you will be too. 1. With your experience … [Read more...] about Five Questions For: Wesley Hill, On The Story-Shaped Life (Part 1)
"Some readers by now are looking for my theory of the way to produce Christian art or write Christian fiction, since theories are what people believe govern the world. They don’t, and I have none. I am working out my aesthetics (and perhaps salvation) with each book—with this one—and each book poses unique problems. But I can assure you that you will not begin to form your own aesthetics or way or … [Read more...] about Best Advice For Writers Who Are Christians Ever?