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Right-winger Loves Anne Lamott
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Blackbox Warning: Whiny complaints posing as reflection
posted by Anonymous on April 8, 2005Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2009
Not for me
No good writing, no interesting stories, nothing to be learned about Jesus. Anne alternates between a few basic story lines: "I hate Bush and that's bad because Christians are supposed to love everyone", "raising a teenager by yourself is really hard", and "hey look at all the interesting and different friends I have (even a Buddhist teaches me about Jesus!)". And to make sure you remember it's a Christian book, she adds a cameo Jesus mention at the end of each story, tries to wrap it up in a little bow while shifting her tone for the take-home part of the story, like the cheesy music at the end of a romantic comedy that makes you think everything will end up swell again.
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Posted October 10, 2013
There are too many Anne Lamotts in the world, all of them trying
There are too many Anne Lamotts in the world, all of them trying hard to be profound while being cute. Perhaps if she ever readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tacitus and Suetonius, who recorded the truly ghastly last days of the Roman Empire, she would not be so defeated by the puerile follies and
and stupidities of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the rest. Like the Roman Empire the American Empire is on its way out, and certain Roman
senators simply went home and quietly opened their veins, so as to get it over with as quickly and quietly as possible. But they were mostly
Stoics. Anne L and her clones are not Stoics; they are whiney, spoiled to death, middle-class children whose lives have not come up to the level of what they think
they deserve, so they take refuge in alcohol, drugs, and self-pity. I hate to think that this woman thinks of herself as a Christian, but it does seem to me,
following Kierkegaard's "Attack on Christendom," that the American church is now such a piece of hopeless fluff as not to deserve any commendations whatsoever. Probably the
last serious Christians were the members of the Confessing Church, like Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, who died for their faith in a distinctly non-whiny way under Hitler's regime.
Speaking of Nazi Germany, it appears to me completely tragic that American 'Christians' like Lamott seem not to perceive the level of
fascism America has now attained to, or the fact that as a totalitarian system, it is now the scourge of the world. Iraq and Afghanistan are far
from being our only victims, just the most recent. And Goebbel's "Big Lie" is now firmly ensconsed in the American media in all
its lying forms.
My advice to Ms. Lamott is to lay down her pen and do something useful in the world, like clean kitchens, scrub toilets, or teach
second graders how to sound out words. Maybe, when she can undo those unbelievably horrible dreadlocks and look around her more clearly, she'll get an idea of how she can be useful at last.
Posted May 10, 2005
A terrible book from a great author
I loved Traveling Mercies so I was very excited about this new book. I was highly disappointed with her attitude and her bitterness. I could handle the fact that she is adamently against President Bush however her need to weave that hate into almost every single story she told went a little far. She was so whiny and so angry, I felt uncomfortable reading some of her stories. I felt like her views on what it means to be a Christian are also highly skewed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2011
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