If Your House Were Burning Down…

From composer Ned Rorem’s introduction to Jean Cocteau’s book The Difficulty of Being

A literary monthly once posed a question to several writers:

“If your house were burning down and you could take one thing, what would it be?”

“I’d take the fire,” answered Jean Cocteau.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.