The desire to write and to read isn't always handed down, but a single encounter may be all it takes to propel one forward. Sarah Smarsh on meeting Anne Rice with her mother in a Kansas bookstore.
Trying to confront the recent horror stories in the news, a Dutch theology student contemplates the origins of evil and our reckoning with good through the lens of the Harry Potter films. Our temptations, he writes, are rooted in deep-seated ills — and our strengths, in love.
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Loving the woodcut feel of these book cover illustrations for the Evelyn Waugh
A fuller version of the quotation Brueggemann offered in our interview.
There are books that become so important to us they become like old friends. Or, books that we find so transformative our lives are never the same. What are the books that have changed your life? What are the books that became your best friend?
Whew! It’s hard to keep up with all the books that get sent to us for consideration. The table in our office fills up quickly each week, and since our territory is “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas” we get a little bit of everything. Some are good fits, others are too abstract; some come with thoughtful pitches about why the author would be a good guest for us, others have no relevance and I assume come just because we got on some publisher’s mass distribution list.