Thursday, December 5, 2013

Listening at the Monteleone iii

In our family, as far
as we are concerned,
we were born and what
is myth.

    I have long been interested in those whom God has helped.
    It seems often to be the case,
    e.g. with saints or martyrs,
    that God helps them to far more suffering than they would have
    without God's help. But then you get

    someone like Lazarus, a man of no
    particular importance,
    on whom God bestows
    the ultimate benevolence, without explanation, then abandons
    him again to his nonentity.

V.S. Pritchett
A Cab at the Door
  A Memoir
Random House, 1968©

Anne Carson
Men in the Off Hours
  TV Men: Lazarus 
Random House, 2000©

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