Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art and Faith recently interviewed me about the genesis and writing of Shirt of Flame.
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.
READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW, WHICH IS RUNNING IN THE CURRENT ISSUE, HERE.
Thanks to editor Katy Carl.
|FIVE OF THE TEN THANKSGIVING PUMPKIN PIES,|
HOME-MADE BY MY FRIEND JULIA,
WE DROVE AROUND AND DISTRIBUTED THEM TO FOLKS LIVING ON THE STREET