September 5, 2013 |
I don't read J.M. Coetzee for pleasure. To be fair, I'm not sure anyone does. The 2003 Nobel laureate writes from his head more than his heart, framing novels that are philosophical and austere, books that break down the world in highly rational ways. Over the course of his career, he's been compared to Beckett and Kafka, although despite the occasional nod in their direction - the title character of his 1983 novel "The Life and Times of Michael K. " functions to some extent as an homage to "The Trial's" Josef K. - he lacks their appreciation of humor, of life as essentially absurd.
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December 12, 2013 |
A baby Jesus figurine has been returned to the Nativity scene at a Valencia mall after it went missing earlier this week. A Westfield Valencia Town Center employee found the figurine on the property Wednesday afternoon, marketing director Stacie House told KTLA-TV . The theft happened Monday evening, but no charges were filed with police as mall officials asked for the figurine's safe return. The theft angered shoppers, who said some things should be left alone for the Christmas holiday, even if it may have been a prank.
June 25, 2013 |
They don't care if it rains or freezes, they can keep their ski-mountain Jesus. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a 6-decade-old, 6-foot-tall Jesus statue could stay on a small patch of federal land in the Flathead National Forest in Montana after an atheist and agnostic group argued that the statue violated the 1st Amendment separation of church and state. The Jesus statue sits on a 25-by-25-foot parcel of federal land along a ski run in the Whitefish Mountain Resort. In 1953, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, won permission from the U.S. Forest Service to erect the statue.
January 9, 2013 |
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.
March 11, 2014 |
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y., shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
January 26, 2008 |
In a peeling house on South 32nd Street, five friends came together to stretch their faith. They left comfortable apartments for a communal home within walking distance of a prison, a pawnshop, a derelict trailer park. Exhaust from a sugar beet factory drifted down the streets. Moving in last January, they pledged to spend one year together, learning to become true followers of Christ. They would give generously, love unconditionally. They would exchange their middle-class ways for humility and simplicity, forgoing Hardee's fries, new CDs, even the basic comfort of privacy.