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Half Laughing, Half Crying: Songs for Myself

Half Laughing, Half Crying: Songs for Myself

by Malcolm Boyd, R. W. B. Lewis (Preface by)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his various roles as priest, civil rights worker, coffeehouse preacher, playwright, gay rights activist and president of PEN, Boyd has explored how people maintain their humanness in the face of forces that try to break them or reduce them to stereotypes. His outspokenness is reflected in this spiritual autobiography of sorts, a collage of new and previously published essays, prose poems, recollections, parables and fables. ``Christianity does not seem to be on very intimate terms with Jesus Christ,'' writes the author of Are You Runnng With Me, Jesus? His spiky sermons have the power to provoke and challenge. Reminiscences of his early years in Hollywood include an affecting closeup of Mary Pickford, while probing the egomania and despair beneath much showbiz glitter. By turns profound and nostalgic, Boyd's relentlessly honest self-portrait inspires the reader to examine his or her own preconceptions. February 3
Library Journal - Library Journal
Boyd, noted activist and Anglican priest, adds his spiritual biography to his already lengthy list of published works. He writes of his diverse experiences as an activist in a wide range of progressive social movements, including civil rights, the peace movement, and the gay liberation movement. Along with narrative description of his involvements, he presents selections from his writings, some appearing here for the first time. Images of dehumanization and of ``masks'' recur throughout. But it is his vision of fuller and more vital humanity that predominates, shaping and being shaped by the concrete movements in which it is expressed. Recommended for public and religious libraries. James Michael Mac Leod, formerly with Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.

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St. Martin's Press
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1st ed
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10.00(w) x 2.00(h) x 7.00(d)

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