WBEZ | James Finn Garner http://www.wbez.org/tags/james-finn-garner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Was Jesus married? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3012673675_35d05d229b_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 523px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/matthew Hunt)" />This internet exploded last week when it became potentially possible that Jesus was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/09/was-jesus-married-ancient-papyrus-mentions-his-wife/">not the saint you might think</a>, as a scrap of paper revealed he had potentially been married.</p><p>But &quot;The idea that Jesus was married does more than make the New Testament more saleable as a Lifetime mini-series,&quot; said James Finn Garner at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. &quot;(You know somewhere the concept has been pitched, and a producer has said, &#39;I like the story, but this guy Jesus, he needs to be sexed up.&#39;) If the scrap proves to be accurate, it might shake the foundations of the Christian church as we know it, at least until the church as we know it squelches it.&quot;&nbsp;Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>The scrap, cut from a larger scroll, contained seven lines of sentence fragments. Among these were the words: &ldquo;Jesus said, My wife.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Now, I&rsquo;d like to get address the elephant in the room right now and head straight for the Borscht Belt treatment:&nbsp; Jesus said, &ldquo;My wife wants to take a vacation, spark up our LOVE life. Wants to go to the Dead Sea. I say, Why the Dead Sea? She says, it reminds me of our love life.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And also:&nbsp; How can you tell that Jesus was married? He brings 5000 people over and then asks, &ldquo;Hey, we got any food?&rdquo; I like that one better.</em></p><p><em>The headlines screamed the predictably sensational question,&ldquo;Was Jesus married?&rdquo; The expert from Harvard answered strongly that she had no idea. The sentence wasn&rsquo;t complete, it had no context, the scrap had been cut from a larger papyrus we don&rsquo;t have. It was written 150 years after the death of Jesus, who as you remember, was someone prone to speak a little cryptically. It could have been the start of a parable, analogy, mystical figurative allusion, or something else.</em></p><p><em>But I ask you, what&rsquo;s more fun, scholarship or baseless conjecture?&nbsp; Then let&rsquo;s get to it.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676 The state of fiction: Wouldn't the sticker 'Almost Pulitzer-winner' sell just as many books? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/state-fiction-wouldnt-sticker-almost-pulitzer-winner-sell-just-many <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5573601758_260a3ea87e_o.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 224px;" title="Pulitzer finalist 'The Pale King' by the late David Foster Wallace. (Flickr/Jake Mohan)">The 2012 Pulitzer Prize awards were announced last week but, to the surprise of many, no Great American novel was chosen as <em>this year's</em> Great American novel. As past Pulitzer judge Laura Miller <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/apr/20/no-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction/">noted on the&nbsp;WNYC show <em>On the Media</em></a>, this isn't unheard of; though it's been 35 years since no fiction king or queen was crowned, Pulitzers were not chosen for fiction a whole three times in the 1970s, "which will give you a sense of how contested the idea of literary quality was in that particular era," Miller explained.</p><p><em>Paper Machete</em> contributor writer James Finn Garner argues that the people most irritated about the lack of Pulitzer weren't the authors:&nbsp;"But the screaming about the lack of an award," said Garner, "about the slap in the face to the writers and the judges on the jury, about one more body blow to the life of literature and letters and culture in this truck-stop diner of a country—it was all coming from the publishers and their marketing departments." Read an excerpt or listen:</p><p><em>"On the subject of prizes for artistic works, Woody Allen once said, 'The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don't.'</em></p><p><em>And that was better than the joke I was going to do. Next paragraph.</em></p><p><em>This year, the board that administers the Pulitzer Prize has decided not to present an award for fiction... </em></p><p><em>I know this news ruined your Pulitzer pools in the office and was a serious downer at the Pulitzer party you were going to throw. Everyone was looking forward to that drinking game when you have to down a shot whenever a serious writer complains about the </em>Twilight <em>books."</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/state-fiction-wouldnt-sticker-almost-pulitzer-winner-sell-just-many James Finn Garner on educating his children to become snobs http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-07/james-finn-garner-educating-his-children-become-snobs-96982 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-06/5445950855_23374656ef.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-06/5445950855_23374656ef.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;" title="The hallowed halls of Yale University, just another liberal institution (Flickr/Adam Jones)">Last week, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum caused some controversy with the following statement:</p><p>"President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college,"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-santorum-defends-calling-obama-a-snob-over-education-20120226,0,4191252.story?track=rss&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+latimes/mostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29">Santorum said</a>. "What a snob. There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor that (tries) to indoctrinate them."</p><p>Santorum has since <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-03-04/politics/politics_santorum-obama_1_rick-santorum-college-degrees-backtracks?_s=PM:POLITICS">altered his position</a> on getting a college education a bit, but Santorum's original sentiments hit home with author James Finn Garner, who says there's no way <em>his </em>kid is going to be a snob. Read an excerpt or listen below:</p><p><em>"I'm going to take a position that will not be popular. Rick Santorum is a socioeconomic genius. I'll repeat that: He is a socioeconomic genius.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Wait for the rest of the argument.</em></p><p><em>He did us all a tremendous favor last week when ridiculed President Obama for pushing Americans to go to college. What a snob, the guy with the law degree from Penn State said about the guy with the law degree from Harvard. With that little phrase, Santorum made me question my own assumptions; he made me open my eyes. Because right now, you see, my son is 17 years old and we've been making those long weekend drives to visit colleges every chance we get. And I can tell you right now, that is going to stop."</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332746046-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/james finn garner.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This Saturday at the Horseshoe, expect performances by Colleen Doyle and friends, Monica Reida, Eric and Andy, Paul Oakley Stovall, Vallea Woodbury, Josh Zagoren as Chad the Bird and music from Maria McCullough as well as the Bama Lamas. Featuring&nbsp;<strong>Dr. William Ayers</strong>&nbsp;with a story about his most recent Super Bowl party, attended by the late Andrew Breitbart.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-07/james-finn-garner-educating-his-children-become-snobs-96982