Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Confession, on the publication of A. C. Grayling's "The Good Book"

"Illuvia dorado," courtesy of
Ignacio Leonardi of Ushuaia, Argentina
and sxc.hu.
A. C. Grayling, you eminent and rational man of the leonine mane, despite the weight of all your reason, I still will float in mystical gold.

I will go to the pouring fount. I will stand in burning gold rain. I will be ravished and obliterated and transformed. I will be hollowed out, and I will be filled. Because I am in love with the ravishing and the rain and the fire.

I will be a phoenix in that fire.

This I promise you.

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Has anybody read the entirety of his The Good Book? I'm afraid that I found the re-writing of great texts a rather dubious and embarrassing enterprise, but I've only read snips.

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 Slip down one post to find today's The House of Words post, part of the Beth Adams sequence.

3 comments:

  1. The Genesis version was embarrassing.

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  2. I haven't seen this. Should I?

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  3. rambler,

    More, please?

    Robbi,

    I have not read more than the bits that you can find online. Not my cup of tea, all this being rational and taking spirit and God out of human history. But if you read it, come back and tell me what you thought!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.