Sand in the Gears

It doesn’t come with a parking spot, but it’s still pretty darn nice

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in The Artful Life | 3 Comments »

The good people at Image Journal have named me their artist of the month. I like being reminded that writers are artists, and I'm honored to be included among the many fine artists—of all stripes—who have been similarly recognized by ...

A Son’s Tale

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 Posted in The Art of Parenting, The Artful Life | 2 Comments »

My writer friend Darren Defrain recently turned me on to Andre Dubus, and so I've been working through his stories and essays. He has, as another writer friend describes it, a lyrical voice. You can see faith in his stories, ...

Christian Fiction IV: The Weaning

Sunday, April 15th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 2 Comments »

Well, I let a week of things that pay the bills get in the way of writing my fourth and final installment on this topic, and I think I've lost my steam. Or maybe there's just nothing left to say, ...

Christian Fiction, Part III: Bad Writing Is Evil

Friday, April 6th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 6 Comments »

After I discovered Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, I breathlessly recommended it to my friends. I could barely disguise my disappointment when some said it was "too slow," or "hard to get into." I love them all the same, ...

Christian Fiction, Part II: The Bubblegum Diet

Thursday, April 5th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 10 Comments »

What is Christian fiction? Does Doris Betts's story, "Serpents and Doves" count? In it a dying, guilt-ridden man has a feverish conversation with the Devil that brings him to realize the salvation that has eluded him. Then there's Graham Greene's ...

On Christian Fiction, Part I: Bad Readers Make Bad Writers

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 4 Comments »

There's a debate in Christian writing circles arising out of the perceived difficulty of getting publishers under the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) umbrella to carry more "literary" work. The underlying conflict between literary and mass-market fiction has existed in one ...