One of my absolute favourite blogs to follow is “On Art and Aesthetics”. Tulika curates gorgeous posts featuring mainstream and eyebrow-raising artists from across the world and throughout history. I am so far from an art critic that I cannot speak critically to the work she features, but I love every single post. This one, today’s Friday Feature post, is something I actually can talk about.
Marilynne Robinson is one of the leading essayists, storytellers, and Christian public intellectuals in America today. Her collection of essays, The Givenness of Things, makes the links of Christian thought, literary criticism, and a historically-based cultural critique that is absolutely essential today. I hope you hunt down Robinson’s work and enjoy this beautiful blog.
Marilynne Robinson speaking at the Covenant Fine Arts Center during an interview at the 2012 Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College by User “Christian Scott Heinen Bell”, Wikipedia [Public Domain]
Marilynne Robinson (born 1943, FB: @MarilynneRobinson) is the only celebrity author in the world whom I have had the opportunity of looking at and listening to in reality. This happened back in November or December of 2013, when she was on a UK visit. I wouldn’t call her stern but there was a steely seriousness and confidence in her that made you want to think long and hard before raising any question, discussing any point related to her artistry or beliefs.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with her – she is an American writer and scholar, the recipient of a National Humanities Medal and Pulitzer Prize, among other accolades. She taught at the Iowa Writers’…
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Thanks for the re-blog, Brenton! 🙂
Oh, marvellous! Gilead is one of my all-time favourite books. So spectacularly beautiful, haunting, and faith-filled in all the best ways. I tried to read Homecoming, I was disappointed in it but I want to try it again, and as well read the other books in the series. I’ve read some of Robinson’s non-fiction, too, and find it bracing. I admire her a great deal and will certainly have a look at this latest collection. She is amazing.
I am going to read the Gilead books through, so Home is next for me. Do you mean “Home” or “Housekeeping”? The latter is a strange book!
Her essays are bracing–especially the ones that critique our soft culture lacking education.
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