Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"It's Weird Down Here"

There's a great Q&A piece on Salon today with Anne Lamott, who talks about her faith and her life and her political beliefs. It's so comforting to me to know that there's someone else out there who both believes in God, doesn't lump themselves in with the Christian voting bloc we're so often associated with, and loathes George Bush to the point that it causes physically palpable pain. Lamott's books are so exceedingly earnest that sometimes I roll my eyes and wish for just a whiff of snark or sass, but nevertheless she remains someone with whom I'd love to share a bottle of wine and cook a casserole.

An excerpt:

"Everything in the culture says that if you're a person who really loves Mary or Jesus or one of the Hindu gods or whatever, that you're not supposed to have jealousy or existential waves of judgment. And I don't think God ever said that. I think the message of Jesus is "Me too" and "It's weird down here" and "People can be really awful and the amount of suffering you're going to see around you, whether in San Francisco or Fairfax or a foreign country, is going to literally blow your mind."

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