It’s Good Friday and all good Christians should turn their minds to the suffering and death of Our Savior. Today’s Catholic miss it. They forget that Catholics in the 40’s and 50’s went to church and contemplated the passion of Christ. Today we pay it lip service because the Church that we were brought up in has stayed in the 19th century and refuses to move forward. They tried but only went halfway. The changes of Vatican II should have continued and adapted to the reality of the 20th century. John Paul II was hailed as an innovator but he was a bound to the past as the Cardinals who protect the Church from the assault of the 21th century.

Right now I splitting time between on-line and watching Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I’ve always liked this play because we see Hamlet from another angle. The great Dane becomes a minor character. In the same vein, Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service guard has written a book about his time with the First Lady. I’d like to see the story behind the cop who was handcuffed to Oswald when he was shot. Did he, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern wonder about their roles in the scheme of things.

Yesterday was Book Day. Amazon, BOMC, and Barnes and Noble came through. Got a period mystery by Craig McDonald “One True Sentence”. Got a collection of Groucho Marx’s short stories and essays. Got “A Confederacy of Dunces” and book which tells Toole’s story and how Dunces got published. Got the new Christopher Moore and Rita Mae Brown. To cap it off my subscription to The New Yorker kicked in.

Got to work. Gotta put 1500 wds together for class. The story is part two of three. I’m looking at a book of short stories. A novel requires my attention for too long and I can sense drops in quality as I work to put down words and make tracks through the story. It gets horribly sloppy during rereads.