Lenses and Ladders

Lenses and Ladders

I spent one day last week tidying our bookshelves because they needed it. They were a jumbly, unstable mess of books and papers, everything balanced horizontally and pushed in the wrong spaces. The poetry shelf threatened to collapse. The travel books had found their far-flung ways everywhere, appropriately enough, and the novels were on the march.

Going Forth

Going Forth

Easter celebrates the catastrophe of the Gospel story. “Catastrophe” in literary theory wraps up the plot, because it was originally applied to tragedies. But the Gospel story is not a tragedy. Easter changes everything, but it is not the end of the story.