Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Blasphemers and God

Blasphemy would be no fun, if there was no God. Chesterton said something to that effect, and there's a lot of fun and God going around today, not to mention some tidy profits:

"An American who began her career as a journalist in Belfast, claims she is a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene and is publishing a book about it.

"Kathleen McGowan has received a seven-figure advance for her novel, "The Expected One," said the Sunday Times of London."



Enbrethiliel said...


If it's supposed to be true, then why is she writing a novel and not an autobiography?

Will we have another "infallible" pulp novel a la DVC on our hands? :S

Nick Milne said...

That's very likely the case, I'm afraid. The book has far more credibility as a novel than it would as a "serious, non-fiction" offering. For you see, in this case, "it's only a novel, so why are those stupid _____'s getting so upset about it?," "they must have something to hide." It's an impossible thought that somebody could care about fiction, or, in this case, truth presented as fiction presented as truth, which is a weirdness only possible in a post-modern age.

And of course, the novel format gives her the most impregnable post-modern cloak of all: "Maybe it's not entirely true, but it's neat to think about." This is the cure for any and all cognitive dissonance. And it sucks.

Alan said...

I like the "asked not to talk about what I've seen." line. Who asked her is what I whould like to know. When I was a kid in school and someone asked if I had permission to do what I was doing I always said yes - no one ever asked who gave it to me. (I gave me the permission)