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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

The Dark Lady from Belorusse by Jerome Charyn

| December 2, 2012

After reading The Dark Lady from Belorusse, it’s difficult to say where the author’s life ends and his novels begin. This is Jerome Charyn’s memoir of growing up with an immigrant mother who takes on the corrupt and cacophonous Bronx of the 1940s and bends it to her indomitable will. As he’s done with fictional treatments […]

Unexpected Reading List in The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

| July 31, 2011

I’m somewhat amused that on pp. 92-93 of Douglas Coupland’s novel The Gum Thief, Coupland has a character who is an extremely boring and self-absorbed novelist rattle off a recommended reading list that is really quite excellent. Just added all of the suggestions to my “to read” list on Goodreads. Here’s the passage, with links to […]

A Review: A Twist of the Wit by Dylan Brody

| July 30, 2011

Dylan Brody is to storytelling what John Coltrane is to jazz instrumentals. Just as Coltrane never just “played” a song, but made every note his own and shaped them into something new and unique, so Dylan Brody never just “tells” a story. He treats the very words like musical notes, shaping them, bending them, shifting […]

The Secret Life of the Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: Jumbo

| May 31, 2011

We need the poets and painters to be prophets who provide the blueprints that the rest of us will only later realize have become the actual building.

Introducing IandIBook.com: Official Site of Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns

| April 13, 2011

This blog hasn’t been about theology or religion for some time now, but I do want to give a shout out to IandIBook.com, the new official site of the book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns. Dr. Enns was one of my Old Testament professors at Westminster Theological […]

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