Month: June 2021

  • Very Dusty, Windy, Mean – Lessons from the Dust Bowl

    Very Dusty, Windy, Mean – Lessons from the Dust Bowl

    “On those days when the wind stops blowing across the face of the southern plains, the land falls into a silence that scares people in the way that a big house can haunt after the lights go out and no one else is there.” An opening sentence like that sets up high expectations for a […]

  • Who Needs Shakespeare? Hamnet Surely Doesn’t

    Who Needs Shakespeare? Hamnet Surely Doesn’t

    The buzz over Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague has been wildly positive. The New York Times declared it one of its 10 best of 2020. The National Book Critics Circle named it the best work of fiction of the year. I’m not here to say they’re wrong about the quality of the […]

  • Why We Should Continue Treating the Pandemic as a Crisis (and an Opportunity)

    Why We Should Continue Treating the Pandemic as a Crisis (and an Opportunity)

    With the reappearance of so many familiar faces following the Great Unmasking of the vaccinated, there’s a great temptation for people in the church to breathe a sigh of relief and try to pick up where we left off in March 2020. Kay Kotan has other ideas. “Reality check: Life will never be the same,” […]