“Fire or Freshness”: Some Thoughts On The Great Gatsby (Part Two)

by Erika Koss “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” American fiction is rife with characters who feel “within and without”—from My Antonia’s Jim Burden to The Grapes of Wrath’s Tom Joad; from The Age of Innocence’s Newland Archer to A Farewell to Arms’s Lt. Henry.  This … Continue reading “Fire or Freshness”: Some Thoughts On The Great Gatsby (Part Two)

An Interview With Antler’s Dave Harrity

by Emily Grant Dave Harrity, featured in Rock & Sling (vol. 8.1) is the creator of Antler. According to their web site, “through onsite workshops, print media, and digital content, ANTLER exists to help people engage creativity as a devotional practice for spiritual formation." Harrity is the author of recently released Making Manifest, a compilation of … Continue reading An Interview With Antler’s Dave Harrity

Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Dead

by Matthew Burns At the small rural school where I’ve been teaching for almost two years, I’ve apparently managed to become known within student circles (or so I’ve heard) as “the depressing professor.”  That’s balanced a little by the “really helpful” and “funny” comments, sure, but these latter descriptors are intentional; I actively work to … Continue reading Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Dead

Unexpected Spiritual Themes (And Creepy Faeries) In YA Paranormal Romance

by Amy Rice and Janine Darragh Janine and I knew we liked to read YA literature. We also might have deduced (Barnes & Noble’s signs were pretty subtle, after all!) that a specific genre in YA had some pretty good sales. So we decided to explore Young Adult Paranormal Romances. And the best way to … Continue reading Unexpected Spiritual Themes (And Creepy Faeries) In YA Paranormal Romance