Is It Lust Or Legalism?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591601517
  • Publisher: Xulon Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 0.31 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Watson
Brad Watson
While holding down a series of jobs ranging from journalist to Harvard professor -- with a stint as a garbage collector along the way -- Brad Watson first marked his territory in the literary world with the short story collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men. Watson’s South-steeped first novel, the 2002 National Book Award-nominated The Heaven of Mercury is sure to secure this Mississippi native’s future as a full-time author.

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Watson shared his reading recommendations with Barnes &

"Be on the lookout for Karl Iagnemma's superb first collection of stories, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction. Karl is brilliant and funny, and so is his fiction.

Read Silas House's new novel, A Parchment of Leaves. It's a beautiful book.

Read Richard Bausch's new novel, Hello to the Cannibals, or anything else by this important American writer; he should be a constant bestseller.

Find and reread Allen Wier's first two books, Blanco and Things About to Disappear, to find out why more of us should read his excellent and beautiful writing.

Read anything by Barry Hannah.

Read the new paperback of A False Sense of Well-Being, by Jeanne Braselton.

I could go on, but I'm trying to get you to read great books by people who I admit are friends of mine, and there are too many of them. But these really are great books by great writers. Read them, read as much as you can. Read at least one book of good fiction a month: you deserve it."

Watson recalls the first "real job" he ever held down, the summer after 9th grade: "My best friend Scotty Mills and I tended the gas pumps and outdoor beer cooler for a little corner grocery in Meridian, Mississippi. One came on at 7:00 a.m. and worked till 3:00, the other at 3:00 and worked till 10:00 or 11:00 at night. Scotty was once arrested for selling beer to 17-year-old minors, though he was but 14 himself. It was perhaps an honest mistake. We sometimes slipped into the outdoor cooler and snitched a Heineken before leaving the morning shift and going home for a nap; no one in Meridian drank Heineken in those days, and the owner never missed them. When you stepped out of the freezing cooler into the July heat after killing a Heineken, man, you drifted in a fog back over to Scotty's house across the street for a great nap in his room with the big windows, box fan roaring."

Watson's second favorite job was as a garbage man in Hollywood. He reminices, "I was the single employee of an Armenian-American named Zarko Dmirjian, who owned one truck. I drove down bad alleys at four in the morning and hauled out bins of putrid trash, but I loved working alone and driving the truck; it gave me time to daydream. I was out there to become an actor in the movies, but when I left and went home a year later, I was beginning to think about writing, instead."

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    1. Hometown:
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 24, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Meridian, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      Meridian Junior College; B.A., Mississippi State University, 1978; M.F.A., University of Alabama, 1985

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    thought provoking

    It is such an easy read, but it is full of thought provoking ideas. The author challenges some 'sacred cows' as he tries to get the reader to ponder different ways of thinking. I found it liberating to say the least!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    You will be challenged and liberated!

    Most Christians have a hard time honestly looking at difficult issues. We would rather have someone else tell us what is right and what is wrong! This book challenges you with the "heart of the matter" and not just religious rules! It is liberating, indeed!

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