T&L Updates–and why I’ve been quiet

As you may have noticed, I (Lauren) haven’t written a post in, well, several weeks now. I figure you deserved a bit of an explanation and some insight into what I have been doing, what’s coming up with T&L, and so on.

I haven’t written much because I’m busy. Grad school is funny in that way–wink. But I’ve fortunately had the space to take a break, thanks to my wonderful guest bloggers, Daniel and Pat, as well as wonderful quotes by writers, dead and living.

I have a few posts up my sleeve for the upcoming month. One is an Updike post that has been written for over a month now, but as promised, I took an Updike break for your all’s sake. I also have that Vonnegut one I mentioned a few posts ago, as well as ideas for another Vonnegut one, as my boyfriend and I are reading through Cat’s Cradle right now.

Most excitingly, I have some wonderful content to share based on the study of theology and literature. Nathan Scott, Jr. wrote a ton on modern literature and religion back in the ’50s and ’60s. I found one of his books, The Broken Center, on Amazon, and it may be the most brilliant book I’ve ever read. His main thesis (at least based on what I’ve read so far) is that modern literature has to construct religion since it’s not grounded in it the way the premodernists were. Expect more on that soon!

I also anticipate a few new writers for T&L this month! A friend and former classmate Michael has a post ready to go. I’m expecting some posts from current classmates to show up soon as well. I’m so excited by the interest in this topic! Already in the month and a half this blog has existed, I’ve learned so much on this beautiful dance of theology and literature.

About Lauren Sawyer

I am an assistant instructor at a graduate school in Seattle, Washington, and I hold a master of the arts in theology and culture. I love coffee, rainy days, and John Updike. Learn more about me at laurendeidra.com.

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