f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Hospitals, Deadlines, and Spider Bites: Moving Past the "Hateful Week of Crappiness"

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Monday, June 14, 2004

Hospitals, Deadlines, and Spider Bites: Moving Past the "Hateful Week of Crappiness"

Last week, well, last week wasn’t one I’ll cherish for the rest of my life, let’s just leave it at that. There’s more to be said, but it’ll wait for another time and day.

Instead, let’s look ahead a little.

Next Monday we start discussing My Name Is Asher Lev. It’s not too late for you to pick up the book and read it. Think about it and come join us on Monday. My goal is to have a bulletin board set-up where we can post longer responses/thoughts. So look for that as well. You’ll be given all directions you need.

We’re going to be discussing the book from a number of points of view. We’ll talk about it as readers—discuss the story, what we liked, what moved us, etc. We’re going to talk about it as writers—why did Potok do certain things, what can we learn from it, etc. And we’re going to talk about it from a more general viewpoint as a treatise on art and faith. There are a lot of interesting points that the book raises about the two areas of life and I think we need to dwell on them specifically.

I’m hoping some of the other bloggers out there (Master’s Artists, Word Foundry, Lisa S. and more) will pick up the topic for a day or two during the week as well, just so there’s a wider breadth of opinion. We’ll see what happens. If it goes well, perhaps we can start it as a bi-monthly thing.
On the flip side, it’s an interesting time inside the publishing house right now. I’m in the process of taking a deeper look at a few projects and this will help us begin spelling out a more thorough philosophy for what we want to do as a company with these books. Sex, swearing, faith issues—it’ll all start coming out in a round of discussions. And in the midst of that—CBA. Which is what it is.

We’ll talk about something the rest of this week. Don’t worry. I just don’t know what yet.