The November issue of Sojourners Magazine has an interesting article by Julie Polter about the “Christian literary underground.” There is also a slightly tongue-in-cheek post on their website by Betsy Shirley titled “7 Essential Tips for Fitting in With the Christian Literary Underground Scene Near You!” I’m pleased to see that the first essential tip is this:
Be seen reading the grittier classics of Christian literature. Though Blue Like Jazz is an almost irresistible first choice, try for something more subtle, like Flannery O’Connor, J.D. Salinger, or T.S. Eliot. And when all else fails, The Brothers Karamazov is a sure-bet.
I’m glad to see that we’ve gone for the “sure-bet” in the Existentialism course this semester.