Monthly Archives: September 2010

Things Fall Apart

The cathedral was in a bad part of town. It was Christmas Eve, and midnight mass had just finished. I left the warm, bright cathedral into the wet, gray night. Immediately, I saw the body of a man, crumpled on the sidewalk facing the broad avenue. Judging by the postures of those standing near him, […]

Not With a Bang but a Whimper

Robert Alter’s masterpiece, “Pen of Iron“, celebrates the unique influence of KJV on American literature. But more than anything, it’s a story of loss and disintegration. In modern America, the heritage of the KJV has been abandoned by the literate, and is carried on by fundies, gangster rappers, and homeless schizophrenics. For the first 150 […]