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I read Muriel Sparks's The Comforters, and I am sold for life. This book was good, good, good. She shares Flannery O'Connor's wry way of looking at tragedy, of almost aping humanity and holding a mirror up to us to show us how silly we are, but she is better, I think, at treating each character with a genuine, albeit caustic, affection.
Here's the lowdown:
A recent Catholic convert, Caroline Rose, begins to hear voices discussing herself and her acquaintances as if they are characters in a book. You'd think she's crazy . . . if what she was hearing wasn't the narration itself. But is she? Because you and I know that she is a character in a novel, and we are reading about her right now. . .
Also, there's a diamond-smuggling grandmother, a diabolist bookseller, and a mean housemaid who has no personal life whatsoever so she ceases to exist when she is alone.
I don't know if Ms. Sparks (who is a Catholic, by the way) intended this novel commentary (no pun intended) on meta-fiction and the modern novel as a mediation on the nature of reality, what it means to exist, and who we are in relation to God and the universe . . . but it kinda is.
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This Australian photographer, Bill Gekas, is self-taught and takes pictures of his angelic daughter in imitation of the classics.
I want to pinch her cheeks pink. What a beautiful child! What a talented dad.
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If you haven't seen this video, it's so worth it. It makes me want to run to Confession, and I am a Confession-phobe.
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Etsy find of the week:
There are tons more clothespin dolls here.
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One of these days, I'm going to do a blog post consisting solely of a list of all the things I thought of or wanted to buy that day. My hope is that by making myself accountable and recording it, it will put me in check by bringing me face to face with my endless wants and the uselessness of them. I mean, I have a feeling the number of things I itch to buy in a day is pretty wanton.
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What to do about the Easter bunny?
Saint Nicholas/Father Christmas has a foundation in faith and a fairy tale-ality that makes him natural for me to integrate into our own new-family traditions. Not so with the Easter bunny. As a child, I was very happy to have free presents and candy, but the mystery and magic of a giant, bow-tied rabbit spoke no poetry to me. So I'm kind of "meh" about the whole thing as regards my own little boy.
I'd almost rather just have Easter as at time to focus on Jesus and the Resurrection. Gifts can come with that, as well. They can even be from the Risen Christ, perhaps.
On the other hand, the Easter Bunny is so prevalent in our culture, I foresee possible problems for my son when he comes into contact with other children who do get visited by the Easter Bunny. So do I carry on the tradition, even though my heart's not in it?
What does your family do for Easter tradition?
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The first anniversary of this blog is coming up on the 24th, and I'd like to do something special. What would you like to see on Everything to Someone?
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