"Calvin says somewhere that each of us is an actor on a stage and God is the audience. That metaphor has always interested me, because it makes us artists of our behavior, and the reaction of God to us might be thought of as aesthetic rather than morally judgemental. I think it suggests how God might actually enjoy us.” Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
On March 7 and 9, 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson will give the Laing Lectures at Regent College. I read Gilead some years ago, and it is a remarkable novel. I'm going to re-read it in anticipation of hearing her, then continue with Home and Lila, all three of which take place in the same world.
You may remember that President Obama did an interview with Robinson a year ago, which was published in two parts in The New York Review Of Books, here and here. It's also available as a free audio download at iTunes. That a sitting president would undertake an in depth conversation with a writer speaks volumes about both president and writer.
Not surprisingly, the Regent bookstore has lots of her titles in stock, including the hard covers pictured above at sale prices. Worth a trip to the UBC campus.