LG KELTNER @writing off the edge
KATIE @TheCyborg Mom
Thanks for being good helpers!
I’m celebrating my library. I mean my own, small personal place where I’ve tucked books away for many years. These are all books I’ve read and wanted to keep, so they’ve been vetted and passed whatever test I had in mind.
This month I’m rereading some books to see how they affect me or interest me after many years between the first time I read them and now.
First, I pulled out God’s Grace and finished it in two nights. I’m not sure why I chose that book because I’m not a big dystrophia fan, but I did. Malmud’s book depressed and fascinated me. Brilliantly written, it doesn’t speak well of the human race, its self-centeredness and it’s natural talent for bringing humanity down even when it intends the best.
Here are a couple of short, but beautiful passages. Malmud pokes fun at us on every page.
Man was subtly conceived but less well executed. Body and soul hung badly together. Maybe next time.
Given the nature of death–how long it lasts once it sets in–who can blame us for inventing resurrection?
And on that cheery note I’ll bid you goodbye. But wait. Here’s a small bit of philosophy to take the Malmud edge off.
“The greatest prayer is patience.”