“I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.”
— James Joyce
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”
— D.H. Lawrence
“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Color everywhere is right!
Color, color, everywhere these days one finds color. From pastel blues and pinks to vibrant and rich reds, Mother Nature has outdone herself this year. Streamers of flowers, dots of leaves, and baby buds light up our world. Go out and enjoy the celebration and find your favorite color.
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
— C.S. Lewis
“Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.”
— Willa Cather
“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.”
— Cormac McCarthy, BLOOD MERIDIAN
“The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.”
— Willa Cather
Pentecostal Preacher as Villain, April 24, 2013
This review is from: In the Seventh Day (Paperback)
One does not hear too much about the anti-hero these days, but if that character has moved on to other climes and you miss him, take heart–the bastard is alive and well in a new pull-no-punches novel by Jane Cooper Easton, In the Seventh Day. Set in a small midwestern community that can only be described as “way off the beaten path” Cooper takes us directly into the mind of Kevin Hillar, a charismatic young preacher who has come to town to establish The Way, a new denomination that will follow the “umbrella authority” that his fundamentalist sect has generated from their retrograde understanding of the teachings of the Apostle Paul. To the liberal/secular mind the most generous description to be offered of this quirky theological world would be “violently anti-feminist.” And so it is in Ms. Easton’s novel.
A dear friend of mine finishes IN THE SEVENTH DAY in a two-day rush read, re-reads the first chapters, and says to me: “I want to say it’s disturbing.”
“It’s supposed to be.”
She adds, “I’m giving it to two of my friends who read more than I do – ”
“You need to know what they think,” I suggest.
She nods, ever so slightly.