Cormac McCarthy and all the broken children of God

Spend any time reading the news, driving the interstates, or peering into the recesses of your own heart, and it’s clear that people are messed up.After hearing dusty tales of “a bunch of lowlife thieves and cowards and murderers,” a young man asks an old timer if people were meaner in the past than the present. “No,” says he answers, “I don’t. I think people are the same from the day God first made one.”The exchange is from Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, which is about a man named Leste … [Read more...]

3 ways to nourish your mind

Nourishing Your Mind

In our present time and culture it is easy to undernourish our minds. So many of our pursuits involve entertaining but generally unenlightening pastimes. It's the mental equivalent of high-calorie, low-nutrition food.But our intellects are meant for more than french fries, and ultimately such fare is unsatisfying. Here are three things I've found helpful in nourishing the mind. 1. Challenge yourself with books Reading is one of the most effective ways to begin. Start with the books … [Read more...]

What Godin gets wrong

Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s announcement about abandoning traditional publishing ruffled a lot of plumage this week, for good reason. Publishing is navigating through disruptions and difficulties that make industry players fearful about the future. Amid all the news about layoffs and reorganizations, stores up for sale, declining sales, etc., Godin’s savvy and insightful business advice has pointed the way to safety and success for many. Now this. … [Read more...]

Impact of the King James Bible

King James Bible

Novelist John Updike once called the King James Bible “our language’s lone masterpiece produced by committee.” He said that in a New Yorker review of Robert Alter’s translation of the Pentateuch—The Five Books of Moses.Well, Alter now has a new book about the King James Bible and its influence on the style of six American novelists: Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy. It’s called Pen of Iron, a title taken from Jeremiah 1 … [Read more...]


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