Here are a few things I’ve run across during the week that I enjoyed and were also related (sometimes very tangentially) to a few of our posts. Hope you enjoy.
1. SAINT PETER RELEASED FROM PRISON and THE BAPTISM OF THE NEOPHYTES. Two poems by Linda Gregerson from the Atlantic‘s most recent fiction issue.
2. MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS: The Wilderness of Childhood. A beautiful short non-fiction piece by Michael Chabon on the loss of childhood wildernesses in the New York Review of Books. I still think nostalgia is dangerous, but this is too exquisite to pass up. Just proof that beautiful is not always true.
3. HOW TO LICK A SLUG. Nicholas Kristof’s stab at mourning lost childhoods. He and Chabon must be vacationing together. Very entertaining piece.
4. LIKE I WAS JESUS: How to bring a nine-year-old to Christ. A long piece from Harper’s apropos to our discussion about how to find the “contact point” when ministering to youths. It’s by Rachel Aviv and unfortunately available only to Harper’s subscribers, but I thought I would include the link anyway.
5. TELLING TALES. By the master of short fiction, Tim O’Brien on the use of imagination, a Jesuit standby. His collection of short stories, The Things They Carried, is often cited at the best short fiction of the last half of the twentieth century.
6. THE MORAL ANIMAL: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology and THE EVOLUTION OF GOD. I nearly forgot to include two things on evolution. The term “evolution” has been the search term most often used to connect with this blog. Both of these are books by Robert Wright. I’ve read most of Moral Animal and just picked up the other one. Not only is Moral Animal extraordinarily thought provoking, but also it’s a true pleasure to read. If you like religion, science, and reading at the beach–get these two.