Narrating a Dying Child’s Life

Avery is the five-month-old daughter of Laura and Mike Canahuati.  She suffers from a rare genetic disorder that will take her life in less than two years.  In response to learning, on Good Friday of all days, that little Avery has Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy, her parents began a blog written from Avery’s perspective…

Echoes on the Road

“Every story is a play of at least three persons (author/actor/addressee) whose outcome is never final. That is why narrative is an open-ended invitation to ethical and poetic responsiveness.  Storytelling invites us to become not just agents of our own lives, but narrators and readers as well. It shows us that the untold life is…

Excremental Deity

In his diary, Evelyn Waugh reminisced about his friend Randolph Churchill’s response to reading the Bible for the very first time: “My God, what a shit God is!” Yeah, I say with a sigh. For a text supposedly inspired by the grand deity himself, the Bible sure presents the Almighty as something other than a…

Echoes on the Road

“The performance of a play, like that of a ritual, cannot simply be detached from the play itself, as if it were something that is not part of its essential being, but is as subjective and fluid as the aesthetic experiences in which it is experienced. Rather, it is in the performance and only in…

Ah, Henchmen

Be sure to read Tod Kelly’s front page post, “The Henchman’s Diary.”  It’s a fattening, super-delicious bowl of awesomesauce.  And, while we’re on the theme, let me say, if the life and times of henchmen is your thing, you can’t go wrong with Henchmen 21 and 24 of The Venture Bros.  But check out Tod’s…

Creating the Morality of Christ

While we can point to the Sermon on the Mount as an originary expression of the “morality of Christ,” we cannot fully arrive at the sense of this morality through a textual analysis alone. Gary Gutting explains why: Read alone, the Sermon on the Mount will either confuse us or merely reinforce the moral prejudices…