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The Book of Memories

 

A Feature Review of 

Everlasting is the Past: A Memoir
Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Paperback: Rabbit Room, 2015
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Reviewed by Joe Krall
 
*** Read our interview with
Walter Wangerin, about this book
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A lonely, despairing graduate student walks and walks out into the countryside till he finds himself before a flock of sheep grazing, placid and content. He is filled with rage, wanting nothing more than to run at them, scare them into stumbling – until a farmer steps out of the woods, makes a “nickering sound in his throat,” and leads the sheep away. The student is alone once more.

 

“The sight of the sheep had broken my soul. I said, ‘I want to be a sheep.’”

 

So prays Walter Wangerin, Jr., in his memoir Everlasting is the Past (Rabbit Room, 2015).  There are many beautiful passages in this book, but as for me, this short passage, in its lyricism, in its precision (“nickering” – what a fine adjective!), in its poignancy and spiritual power, is by far my favorite. In our recent interview with him, Wangerin mentioned that he had been thinking about “the episode with the sheep” for a long time. His thoughtfulness shows: the passage, jewel-like in its beauty, caught me on first reading, and reflected its light on what comes before and comes after.

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How to Live a Writer’s Life
 
A review of

On Being a Writer
Ann Kroeker and
Charity Singleton Craig

Paperback: TS Poetry Press, 2014
 
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Reviewed by Sarah Lyons
 
 
My writing desk at the moment is, unfortunately, nowhere to be found. Well, that might be slightly misleading since the desk itself hasn’t moved. But every possible surface is covered with something—piles of paper, photographs in frames, and pieces of clothing pushed to the side or draped over the chair.
 
I feel embarrassed because my room is actually in pretty good condition, organized in that constantly-unsettled young adult way. It’s just the desk that’s impossible to navigate. I don’t even know what’s on it anymore. And I’m embarrassed because that says my writing life is slowly getting choked out.

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One of the Better Christian Books on Movies
 
A Brief Review of
 

When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice
Mark D. Eckel

Paperback: Westbow, 2014
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Reviewed by Gina Dalfonzo

 

There are those who warn that spending too much time watching movies and shows necessitates the turning off of one’s brain. Mark D. Eckel begs to differ. Movies, for him, open the door to a world of ideas and emotions that can enrich the life of anyone who’s willing to engage them seriously. More than that, movies are an example of God’s common grace, a gift that He gives to everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike, from which they can learn and benefit.

 

Eckel’s book When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice shares the insights he’s gained from years of watching movies, thinking about movies, and sharing movies with friends, students, and family members. It includes reviews of movies in a number of different genres, as well as interviews with Christians in a variety of fields, from education to media production to blogging to sitcom writing, about their experiences with movies.

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Look at what’s happening in this world. Every day there’s something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?”
– Gwendolyn Brooks, poet
who died on this date in 2000.

 
The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks
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The Wake Up Call – December 3, 2014

 

MLE-Ordering

Tomorrow (September 6) marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Madeleine L’Engle.

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite writers and If it were not for her work, I probably would never have met my wife!

*** Books by Madeleine L’Engle

In remembrance of Madeleine, here are 3 short clips of her discussing the craft of writing…

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Repairing Imaginations

A Review of

Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing

Daniel Robinson

Paperback: U of Iowa Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile
 
There’s this odd phenomenon that happens from time to time, where you hear a word, a name, or an idea for what feels like the first time—or at least the first time you really noticed it—and then you start hearing it everywhere, as though you can’t escape it. And it’s so prevalent that you begin to wonder if you really never heard about it before, or if it really is as it seems—that this word or idea is suddenly haunting you, following you around for some purpose.
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For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.”
– Novelist and Nobel Prize Winner, Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Born on this day 1902

Isaac Bashevis Singer [Happy Birthday]

 

Just discovered the following videos of a conversation between two of the most important Christian writers of the last century:
Frederick Buechner and Walter Brueggemann

The first video is a little slow getting rolling, but these videos are well worth your time!!!

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Part One:




 

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The Author To Her Book
Anne Bradstreet

This poem is found in the collection:
To My Husband and Other Poems
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Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did’st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad expos’d to public view,
Made thee in rags, halting to th’ press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight,
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I wash’d thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.

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Dave HarritySlowly Creating Well

A Feature Review of

Making Manifest: On Faith Creativity and the Kingdom at Hand
Dave Harrity

Paperback: Seedbed Publishing, 2013
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Reviewed by Sam Edgin

 

Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest had two strikes against it by the time I had finished the introduction (“to begin” on pp. xi-xv). First, it is arranged as a combined group study and personal devotional. This form –  a youth group staple –  specializes mainly in covers splashed with either neon or explosions, faux-edgy graphic design swirling about cool praying teens, and a troubling overuse of phrases like “chew,” “the meat,” and “on-fire.”  It also has an unhealthy preoccupation with the almighty “you,” and with writing on pre-printed lines at the end of each day/chapter.

 

My second – and I admit, needlessly personal –  issue with Making Manifest is that latter feature. I hate writing in books. Anything that mars the original condition of a book flares compulsion within me. Dog-earing is a cardinal sin; highlighting, an offense to nature. I read trade paperbacks through a thin V of pages in order to avoid breaking spines. Within the introduction of Making Manifest Dave Harrity asked me to do all those things. “There’s space for you to write… crack the spine so the book rests flat, dog-ear, sketch and scratch,” He says (xiv). I almost flipped the book to the floor in frustration.

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