The Power of Prayer

From Mother and Child by Carole Maso:

NO ONE COULD tolerate the girl in the newspaper’s death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to the doctor. There was too little insulin in her body, the autopsy said, but when opened up, all that could be seen was that she was overflowing with prayer. The prayers could be examined and dissected, but the God had already exited the body, leaving behind the wreckage. After the autopsy, the child’s sweetened organs were placed in a glass jar as a lesson for all.

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Books From the Back Room

images.jpgIt isn’t difficult to find a recommended list of authors you should read or have read. Everyone acknowledges the literary importance of authors such as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Faulkner, Proust, Goethe, Flaubert, Dante, Cervantes, Eliot, Dickens. But so many of these authors have been normalized in press and education that they, even when most successful, tend to inhabit the most hackneyed regions of our collective memory.

As an aging member of the university study of literature which adhered to the precepts of the (then) new criticism with potent demiurges the likes of F. R. Leavis, William Empson, Harold Bloom, and Frank Kermode, I worshipped the works of those giants of literature. But looking back I see that my education tended to direct me down the avenue of the acceptable canon and I missed a lot of stimulating reading through the years.

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Dee Snider Really Wants AC/DC to Play the Super Bowl … I agree !!!

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People are taking notice. Twitter is buzzing. Dee Snider really wants AC/DC to play the Super Bowl. I’ll skip the football but this will be a half-time show I definitely will watch. Pass it on …

Note: If you are unacquainted with AC/DC or Dee Snider, please refer to Wikipedia. If you have never heard of the Super Bowl … Good for you! South River Joe gave us a clear summation of the game: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”