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  1. I know little about Dickens, so when my former editor used to rant about Dickens being a Universalist, citing the fact that there's no mention of God in the Christmas Carol, I sort of accepted what he said, though I was puzzled. After completing A Tale of Two Cities, I must disagree with my editor. Sydney Carton as a Christ figure is quite obvious, and Dickens quotes "I am the resurrection and the life .... " over and over at the end. So what faith was he? Did he explain it anywhere?
  2. I enjoyed Garry Wills' piece on William Buckley. What a delightful man Buckley was. I like that he was adventurous. I did read one of his spy novels, which I found to be unspectacular. I expected more.
  3. I just finished The Tale of Two Cities, thanks to your all's recommendation. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." Wow. If it was not for this thread I never would have pick up a Dickens book again! I do plan to hit Great Expectations as my next Dickens, but think I'll do some lighter reading in the meantime. I have a new bookcase (!!!), and I've put on it all the books I've not yet read, along with some short fiction for sleepless nights.
  4. Okay so as a writer who seems to be destined to be published only in newspapers and magazines -- but perhaps I should not curse myself in that way -- I stood last night before the bookshelf holding Great Expectations and The Tale of Two Cities and chose the latter because of the claims to its succinctness. (I'd planned to begin A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius last night, but removed it from my nightstand and put it back on the bookshelf.) Don't know how I missed Tale in high school. I seem to remember other classmates reading it. Regardless, the first chapter, has me intrigued. Why
  5. My 1996 6V 5-speed Ford Contour SE has 215,000 miles on it. Still has great pick-up. Built on a European chassis, I don't have to slow down for curves. I wanted something new after 150k, but it kept going and going, so I got curious. Just how long will this thing last?
  6. Thanks for posting this. The Old Curiosity Shop is the only Dickens I've ever read. Many years ago I received it as a gift, read it and wondered why anyone would ever go gaga over his writing! I've not read any Dickens since. Although I do now have several of his other books on the shelf (for show). Of them -- David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities -- which would you recommend to revive my interest in Dickens?
  7. Bummer about not having a job, Andy. Any prospects? Yeah, I quit my job in August to pursue free-lance and then the husband lost his job in April. I can't renew my subscription to Image or Mars Hill Audio. I put my Netflix on hold and am borrowing movies from family and friends, and plan to hit the library tomorrow. However, today I went to the local community college library near my house and checked out copies of the New Yorker. They have lots of other good reading there, too.
  8. Hmm, I'll pass on that. I did that already.
  9. Interesting. I was talking with my (evangelical Anglican) pastor about this around Christmastime. We both came from rather depraved backgrounds and had a similar experience when we first became Christians. We tended to look back at that time of no secular music, only G-rated movies, etc. etc. with disdain, as though we were somehow misled. But I think we needed it. I thought about how successful Teen Challenge is at helping drug addicts kick the habit for good. They put addicts into an EXTREMELY disciplined and protected environment. I think I needed to learn that music was created to praise G
  10. I wasn't being sarcastic or ironic either. I thought you had a good assessment of the era and its longterm effects. It certainly was idealized way out of proportion. When I listen to music from that time I realize what a sucker I was for its message. I don't think the musicians knew what power they had. As a 15-year-old girl, I lost my way in it, and it took a long time to get out. I really thought I was so cool, got kicked out of school, my house, the whole bit. What we look at and listen to does its work. Add in a family in the midst of divorce or an alcoholic father or abuse or neglect and
  11. Great observations, Andy, for a young man who wasn't there. Fortunately, this free-lovin', acid-droppin' hippie woman found Jesus before contracting a fatal STD or wingin' out on a permanent trip, as several of my friends did. And with little to no help from my friends. I actually had to walk away from those "friends" in order to disentangle myself from their weary and jaded lifestyle. Looking back now, I was glad to be a part of it, but I'm so glad for God's redemption, too, glad to have moved on and grown up. No, I'm not a Republican, nor a Democrat. Don't you know you can't trust the Establ
  12. Okay, you guys have convinced me. I put out an APB for the mini-series and first season to all my buds in the central Shenandoah Valley. The hubs and I are both unemployed and watching this sounds like a lovely. Oh that's right, I am a freelance writer!
  13. Thanks, Opus. I write a weekly newspaper column and a trip to the Bible department could make a good and hopefully controversial piece.
  14. You guys are really funny. Is there such a thing as a Green Bible? It's been so long since I've been in the Christian bookstore. And to think I used to practically live in there.
  15. I share a belated agreement with Rich. I did not read The Shack, but had heard a lot about it. At Christmas I gave a copy to my daughter-in-law, who'd just lost her father and dear stepfather. It really spoke to her, and to her mother, as well. Later I tried reading it myself and couldn't get past the first couple chapters. While I feel it's not for me, I cannot negate it as a book which has done good for many who are faltering in their faith.
  16. Can you provide some links to Hickey, Scarry and/or Eco's work?
  17. So how is the cookbook? Tried any recipes yet? What's it all about, Christian?
  18. I love that Newman was married to Joanne Woodward for 50 years. That is so telling.
  19. Sigh. That just goes to confirm the stereotype.
  20. If you don't mind my joining in the discussion, I think it depends on why PT Anderson has Cruise visit his father. Is he doing it because this will really get the audience crying? Or because it needs to happen as part of the story of these men's lives? One of Magnolia's themes is redemption and to that end, these fellas find it. To me, the why is everything. Movies that feel manipulative to me make me think the director wants me to feel this, that that is his only goal in planning the scene, and everything that happened in the scene -- including the over-the-top score -- is toward that end. Y
  21. Rachel Austin's "Hello, My Uglies" is her debut album. Give "Dear Love" a listen. Oh oh oh.
  22. Yes, Walking on Water and all of L'Engle's non-fiction had a profound influence on my spirituality. Along with William Blake's poetry, her writing set me free from an extremely fundamentalist mindset. My goodness, she quoted everybody, which led me to the writings of so many others. My writing today is still very influenced by her honest somewhat idealist approach.
  23. I've not read all the lit referred to in Wiki, but I do know the most beautiful illustration of a sin-eater I've ever read is in Elizabeth Goudge's "Child from the Sea." When I was a heathen teenager, I read this book and the image of the sin-eater stayed with me. I believe it helped me to understand several years later what Jesus did. Part of the seed planting, watering process, if you will.
  24. Right in the middle of Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton. Loving it so far. So how is Cry, The Beloved Country? I just saw the movie last week and gave it 5 stars on NetFlix. How's the book by comparison. Silly question, I know, but I've actually seen several movies that have done their book justice. Wonder if thisis one.
  25. Yes! Twain's essay on Cooper is right on! I must confess that I read it before actually reading Cooper, so I was a bit prejudiced from the start. Here's an excerpt from Twain's essay: There are nineteen rules governing literary art in domain of romantic fiction -- some say twenty-two. In "Deerslayer," Cooper violated eighteen of them. These eighteen require: 1. That a tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere. But the "Deerslayer" tale accomplishes nothing and arrives in air. 2. They require that the episodes in a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help to devel
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