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I also had a huge conflict over the cover, which I find intensely incongruent with my own sensibility, and especially with the sensibility and spirituality of St. Thérèse. It’s a chick-lit, pastel cover, designed to be bland and non-threatening, the only redeeming feature of which is that it is slightly—but only slightly—less offensive than the one originally proposed, which was a la-la-la New Age girl in a swirly dress floating through an acid-green, flower-strewn pasture. That kind of Disney Christ cover says nothing that can be argued with and also nothing that’s remotely truthful, compelling, interesting, challenging, original, or real. Spirituality to me is blood, sinew, tendon, a heart nailed to a cross.
So there! Thanks to editor Katy Carl and all best wishes to the lovely Dappled Things.
And thanks to my friends Julia and Aaron for having me, as they have for many years, at their Thanksgiving banquet...
|FIVE OF THE TEN PUMPKIN PIES,|
HOME-MADE BY JULIA,
THAT WE DROVE AROUND AND DISTRIBUTED TO FOLKS LIVING ON THE STREET