The following was written as a bulletin insert for St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL.
Father M looked me straight in the eye and said, “If you want to be a Christian, if you want to be Orthodox, then you have to love your neighbor.”
I felt pretty embarrassed. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten myself completely absorbed in a good long book. Right now I’m two-thirds of the way through The Wizard of the Crow by the Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and it is absolutely spellbinding.
It’s a mature novel. Ngũgĩ developed his writer’s talent as James Ngugi, writing in the 1960s in English– books about the colonial encounter, independence, first-generation stuff. A Grain of Wheat was a fine and nuanced novel, with complex and sympathetic but broken characters. When you think of classic postcolonial lit, you think of A Grain of Wheat.