November 23, 2010
No Ordinary People
While sitting in a limo in Manhattan wondering if she is overdressed for the party, Jeannette Walls looks out the window and spots her homeless mom rummaging through garbage in an alley.
Walls’ astonishing memoir, The Glass Castle, begins here and then chronicles a childhood in which alcohol, dysfunction and bad choices conspired to keep her whole family destitute. After she and her siblings moved to New York City and clawed their way out, her well-educated parents continued to live in poverty. And when the pair moved to New York to join their children, ultimately the two of them were without a home.
The book contains one incredible episode after another of pain, hardship and disappointment. Yet one that struck me the most took place after Jeannette had scraped together enough funds to go to college. There she took a course from a professor she enjoyed who began teaching about the effects of economic and social forces on people.Continue reading "No Ordinary People"
November 17, 2010
The Importance of What You Don't Publish
Sometimes what a publisher doesn’t publish is just as important as what it does publish.Continue reading "The Importance of What You Don't Publish"
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November 10, 2010
To Change the World 5: Seeking the Common Good
James Davison Hunter tells us, in To Change the World, that the political frameworks of the Christian Right, the Christian Left and the neo-Anabaptists are inherently defective. Is there another option besides these three, which Hunter reframes as “defense against,” “relevance to” and “purity from” the culture? What’s his solution?Continue reading "To Change the World 5: Seeking the Common Good"
November 3, 2010
To Change the World 4: Three Choices Both the Same
Often I have wondered in frustration, Why does everything seem so politicized? Why are the extremes the only apparent option? Where are the sober, even-handed, reasoned, moderate alternatives?Continue reading "To Change the World 4: Three Choices Both the Same"