Friday, May 19, 2023

Happy Friday

A friend, Scott Sickles, wrote a play titled Tesseract, which you may remember is an element in the plot of one of my favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007).  Published in 1962, I received my copy for my twelfth birthday in 1964.  I still have it in its original dust jacket with the Newberry Award medal still attached.  The copy may be travel-worn, but the story is timeless, no pun intended. I started to re-read it last night, and it holds up so well. It’s smart, incisive, and makes you think, which is why it is one of the more often challenged books by the right wing nutsery in public schools. Christianists claim it diminishes their vision of Jesus Christ by bringing him down to the same level as Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha as fighters against the Black Thing.  Ironically, Ms. L’Engle’s writings reflect her Christian faith.  (Contrary to the internet, it has not been banned in Florida.  Not yet, at least.)  In 1964, it was the prize awarded to the best student in my Grade 6 class.

If you have a copy, re-read it.  Then pass it along.

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  1. Hello Philip. You have good taste in books, of course. Family connections: Madeline L’Engle was a cousin of my mother, your aunt by marriage. Have you read her adult memoirs? Very nice. Her husband was a soap opera actor for MANY years.
    Cheers, Cousin Fran Davidson

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