Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary
Awry and thought-provoking jaunt through the spiritual terrain of our everyday language -- a lexion of uncommon insight to jar the mind and nourish the soul. "I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark, because in much the same way," writes Buechner, "it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay."
When I begin, I did not expect to take away significant intellectual insights but completing this book actually left me with a better appreciation of the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual aspects of life.
As 'acedia,' boredom is one of the seven deadly sins. It deserves the honor.
You can be bored by virtually anything if you put your mind to it, or choose not to. You can yawn your way through Don Giovanni or a trip to the Grand Canyon or an afternoon with your dearest friend or a sunset. There are doubtless those who nodded off at the coronation of Napoleon or the trial of Joan of Arc or when Shakespeare appeared at the Globe in Hamle ...more
I enjoyed this more and more, every time I picked it up. I read it for a few days at first, but the format begged to be taken slowly a little more like ...more
With the essays in this book being so short, it's far easier to fall into that trap.
The book was written in 1988, the cold war still in place so there is a certain reference to the despair of the nuclear armed status quo, but recent enough to see topics discussed in a contemporary manner.
I had dog eared two reflections tha ...more
The subtitle of the book is A Doubters Dictionary. Maybe I have a different definition of the word doubt. I would consider myself a doubter, former believer and, currently, sympathetic atheist would probably be a fitting label. This was not written for doubters or questioners o ...more
Here is a portion of his reflection on Anxiety: "He [St. Paul] does not deny that the worst things will happen finally to all of us, as indeed he must have ...more
But I honestly didn't all that much enjoy the "dictionary" format, and to my surprise, really didn't get a lot out of the thoughts in it, nor enjoy the art that fills the pages. But it certainly has it ...more
I recommend this ...more
His first book, A Long Day's Dying, was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton. He entere ...more
For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. When I'm feeling most ghost-like, it is your remembering me that helps remind me that I actually exist. When I'm feeling sad, it's my consolation. When I'm feeling happy, it's part of why I feel that way.
If you forget me, one of the ways I remember who I am will be gone. If you forget, part of who I am will be gone.”