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"Although it's pleasing to be vindicated, I'm not entirely happy about this development, as the idea is central to the book for which I'm now trying to find a publisher, and which now has that much less to be said for it."

I wouldn't worry much about that. No one seems to have done it yet in narrative form. Look at J.D. Vance. Quite a few writers had said similar things to what he was saying, but he cast it as a memoir and 'Hillbilly Elegy' became a huge success. Narrative non-fiction is a big thing these days from what I understand.

And also, we have talked about no one wanting conversion stories, but there was a time when that is all anyone was reading. The fact that the book is the sort of thing everyone is talking about could work in its favor.


I have had that book for close to 40 years, and I have been looking for something for Lent, maybe I will. Check it out.

I do have one other thing, but it is pro ably not long enough for all of Lent.


I'd say that after 40 years it's definitely time to either give it a try or give it away.

Y'all's points about the book are good. I guess there's no reason not to say this in public: I discovered a few days ago that one of Wipf & Stock's not-so-academic imprints recently published a book that's sort of in the same general ball park as mine, and that they accept unsolicited proposals. Even have a detailed procedure. So I'm working that up now. Also extracting a couple of chapters that I think can stand alone and submitting them around to places like First Things.

Nice picture to see, Mac. Only snow here. When Farmer returned from Italy I noticed that something happened over there where he upped his game with regard to homilies. This short one notwithstanding - though it is a goodie.

There was a reason for it being so very short. It was the noon Mass and a lot of people go on their lunch hour, so it's usually short and usually not very many people. But the cathedral was full and so distribution of ashes and of communion was going to take a while. So he was no doubt trying to help out the people who needed to get back to work.

Snow certainly has its beauties. :-)

I wouldn't mind snow one bit if I didn't have to drive in it.

30-odd years ago I worked with several guys from Michigan. This was in north Alabama where we do get the occasional significant snow (6-12 inches). One day when there had been a recent snowfall we were driving to lunch and I remarked that the snow-covered fields were pretty. The response from one of them was "Snow is s**t. White s**t." I was shocked and it kind of stuck in my mind. :-)

Same here, except I would have to know that my electricity, and therefore my water wouldn't go out for very long.


I have spent the vast majority of my life in heat, humidity, with a chance of tropical storms. I needed a change, so the snow is not bothering me. Now I do think that a significant difference between out here and a place like Michigan is that the low humidity allows for very bearable low temps. If it is in the 20s and sunny doing something outside is pretty easy. Tshirt and light jacket works fine. Teens and single digits you have to dress more for it. At night it always feels much colder; but I'm not very interested in going out at night!

I'll blame the humidity for the fact that I wear a fairly heavy jacket and a hat when it gets down to 40 or so, if I'm going to be outside for more than a few minutes. Hat is very important now that I have hardly any hair on top.

I have decided to read Caryll Houselander's Guilt.

I figured out that I have only had The Lord for 30 years, so it can wait.

This whole comment might be more interesting without the punctuation.


On the other hand, if you wait another ten years to read both, you'll have more guilt to work with when readying the Houselander one.

The Lord is great btw.

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