My Modern Day Modest Proposal

22 06 2015

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Jonathon Swift wrote one of the best pieces of English satire in 1729 in reaction to England’s treatment of the Irish. I read it in college having chosen to major in English and wanting to be a writer myself. Without knowing the background of the work I initially thought Swift was seriously proposing cannibalism. Go here to find out why…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Modest_Proposal

My ‘modest proposal’ is in reaction to Donald Trump’s announced attempt to become the next POTUS and the number of racist hate crimes and police brutality happening there. I left Los Angeles for a variety of reasons. One of the primary was that the country, not Cali or LA, had become a place I’d rather be from rather than living in. I did it with a lot of thoughts, one of them being that I might live to regret it. The past 3 years have been just the opposite. No regrets, just amazement at the wrong-headedness coming out of the richest country in the world. If things keep going the way they are, the US will be the richest country with the lowest per capita income ever. Maybe it already is. As Edith Piaf sang, “Non, je ne regrette rien.”
I propose that there be a election in which Donald Trump run unopposed. Everyone who votes for him will then be moved to a now vacant spot on earth in which they can live. We’ll have to find a suitable place but that shouldn’t be too hard. We can consult Dante’s “Inferno” for the level of Hell best suited to them. We can call it Los Estados Unidos Contra Todo.

As for those who think that the killings in Charleston were anti-Christian rather than racist I suggest they listen to my all-time favorite “Modest Proposal.” If there were a country of undervalued artists I’d move there and vote for Mose Allison for President…





Why Review Books?

20 06 2015

I’ve started reviewing books for Julies Book Review. You can find it here…http://juliesbookreview.blogspot.com. It’s a good way to read books for free and meet the people who write them. Some of the books are good, some not. Here’s what I had to say about one of the best I’ve read so far…

 

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Review of Temporary Saints by Mark Warhus

Temporary Saints

Mark Warhus

One of the benefits of reviewing for JBR is to come across something I would never read, but

once I do I’m glad I did. “Temporary Saints” is one of those books. I am not religious; I am a

Taoist knowledgeable about Christianity.

First and foremost “Temporary Saints” is very well ­written with an extraordinary plot. The author

knows of what he speaks and has created ordinary people living through some not ­so ­ordinary

circumstances. Familiarity with “The Lives of the Saints” was helpful in getting what the author ‘s

book structure was all about but it’s not necessary to understand what’s going on. The sane and

the crazed are alive and well in this novel.

Sarah is the temporary saint. She is found one night levitating in a Catholic parish church by the

housekeeper and pastor. Saying she was sent by God to deliver a message prompts the pastor

to call the archbishop. The archbishop brings in Michael a gay psychotherapist to evavluate

Sarah’s state of mind and health.

Thus begins the well ­told tale. Throw in some miracles, the power of the media, the struggles of

a divorced couple with a teenage son and a gay father, along with controversy between

conservative and liberal­ minded Christians about the place of homosexuals in organized religion

and you have a brew of laughter and hatred that will make the judgmental person squirm.

The book is spot on in its depiction of reactions to the clash between Christian liberals and

conservatives and the challenge of being a saint in a secular society. If you suspend disbelief

long enough for this excellent quick read you’ll be glad you did. I am.

 

You can buy “Temporary Saint” here…

 

http://markwarhus.com/








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