Book Review: The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright (New York: Harper One, 1999. 306 pp) Marcus Borg was a New Testament scholar, theologian, and author. Borg was a fellow of the Jesus Seminar and a major figure in historical Jesus scholarship. Borg attended Concordia College as an undergraduate. He studied at Union Seminary before matriculating at Mansfield College, Oxford, earning an M.Th. and D.Phil. He retired as Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and died in 2015. N.T. Wright is a leading New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired bishop. He earned his B.A. from Exeter College and his D.D. from University of Oxford. After retiring as the Bishop of… Read More →

Book Review: In Other Words

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri; translated by Ann Goldstein (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 256 pp) Born in London to Bengali immigrants, Jhumpa Lahiri moved to the United States at the young age of 3. Her first published work, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. In 2007, Hollywood adapted The Namesake into a feature film.  A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Lahiri is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by, among others, Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Giacomo Leopardi, and Allesandro Baricco, and is the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi in English…. Read More →

Book Review: The Yellow Arrow

The Yellow Arrow by Victor Pelevin

The Yellow Arrow by Victor Pelevin; translated by Andrew Bromfield (New York: New Directions, 1996; originally published in 1993. 96 pp) Victor Pelevin is a Russian author best known for Omon Ra and Generation P. He has won the Russian Little Booker Prize and the Russian National Best Seller. He lives in Moscow. Andrew Bromfield was born in Yorkshire, England. He is a translator of Russian literature and an editor and co-founder of the literary journal, Glas. Metaphors for Life What’s your preferred metaphor for life? Are you in favor of “Life is like a box of chocolates; you’ll never know what you’re going to get.”? Perhaps you prefer, “Life is a game.” That one points toward the business-minded, the… Read More →

Book Review: Too Loud a Solitude

Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal

Too Loud a Solitude: A Novel by Bohumil Hrabal; translated by Michael Henry Heim (San Diego: Harcourt, Inc., 1990; originally published in 1976. 112 pp) Bohumil Hrabal was a Czech writer born in 1914. He earned a law degree at Prague’s Charles University and he wrote countless books over the course of his career. He died in 1997. The Dark Side of Customer Advocacy In the business world, people often seek positive growth through word-of-mouth recommendations from customers. Word of mouth is the big profit driver. It outstrips television advertising, yellow page ads, and billboards. The idea is that an advocate for a product—especially a friend or family member—is more trustworthy than any communication originating from a business. Well, word… Read More →

Book Review: Paterson

Paterson: Revised Edition by William Carlos Williams, prepared by Christopher MacGowan (New York: New Directions, 1992; originally published from 1946-1958. 320 pp) Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While his primary occupation was a family doctor, William Carlos Williams had a successful secondary career as a poet. Williams won the first National Book Award for Poetry and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963. Questioning Humanity A striking quality of much thought seems to surround the nature of humanity. Who are we? Why do we exist? What does life mean? Poets, lyricists, theologians, philosophers—they’ve all considered these questions from a myriad of angles. But isn’t it fascinating how… Read More →