Heather King

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Heather King is an essayist, memoirist, and blogger. Raised on the coast of New Hampshire, she struggled with alcoholism for many years, got sober in 1987, and converted to Catholicism in 1996.

She is the author of nine books of essay and memoir, and has recorded over 30 slice-of-life commentaries for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

She also speaks nationwide, writes a weekly arts and culture column for “Angelus,” the archdiocesan newspaper of LA, and a monthly column on unsung saints for “Magnificat” magazine.

Her work, which she roughly defines as "the tragicomedy of the cross," ranges in subject from addiction to vocational crises, conversion, food, money, cancer, unrequited love, prayer and healing from abortion.

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Heather King I published two new books this year: RAVISHED: Notes on Womanhood and FOOLS FOR CHRIST: Fifty Divine Eccentric Artists, Martyrs, Stigmatists and Unsun…moreI published two new books this year: RAVISHED: Notes on Womanhood and FOOLS FOR CHRIST: Fifty Divine Eccentric Artists, Martyrs, Stigmatists and Unsung Saints. I write a weekly arts and culture column so that deadline is always uppermost in my mind and nervous system. But I'm also spending the whole month of August at an artist's residency offered by St. Gertrude's Monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho! Here I hope to make some progress on my next book: HARROWED: The Misadventures of an Urban Gardener. (less)
Heather King I don't think about or wait for inspiration. I live my entire life, or try to, in such a way that the Holy Spirit, if that's not too hokey, informs an…moreI don't think about or wait for inspiration. I live my entire life, or try to, in such a way that the Holy Spirit, if that's not too hokey, informs and sort of adds a different dimension to everything I do. I'm steeped at all times in prayer and the Eucharist. So a trip to the 99-cent Store can be an Event, or a moment on my balcony before the sun rises, or my perpetual annoyance at my landlord. I have files and files of quotes and ideas and half-filled notebooks such that I could not possibly live long enough to do them all justice. (less)
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SKID ROW MARATHON

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Each Monday and Thursday, at 5:45 a.m., LA Superior Court Judge Craig J. Mitchell meets his people in front of downtown’s Midnight Mission for a run through the gritty streets of downtown.

By “people,” I mean fellow members of the running club he founded in 2012, and the subject of the 2017 documentary Skid Row Marathon. Each year, he takes upwa

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“I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.”
Heather King, Parched

“I had no idea what time I’d left, how I’d gotten home, who’d been up here, and how long he, she, or they had stayed. Another night, added to the hundreds that had gone before, shrouded in mystery. Really, when you thought about it, it was creepy. My own life was a secret to me.”
Heather King, Parched

“Was I being groomed for some special mission? What possible purpose could an existence like mine serve? When I wasn’t drinking in crappy bars, I was home by myself reading: a life that was achingly lonely, and yet perversely designed to prevent anybody from ever getting close enough to really know me.”
Heather King, Parched

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