Happy birthday to Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh, born 100 years ago today. Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is one of the most acclaimed religious novels of the 20th century, and a fine candidate for another round of "Torment the Mustard Seed."
For those of you new to the game, it's quite simple:
1. Call up your local evangelical book store ("The Mustard Seed" is a regional chain in these parts, in your area it may be called the "Family Christian Book Center," or "The Fisherman's Net" or some such thing).
3. When they say No — and they will say No — say, "But I thought this was a Christian book store?"
Snarky, juvenile and a bit mean-spirited, yes, but you can't hope to change a subculture without making it aware that it is a subculture. And anyway, in the case of Waugh, being a bit snarky and mean-spirited is probably appropriate. He was best when he was at his nastiest. The Loved One is vastly more entertaining than Brideshead — the former slicing where the latter sags.