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If you could sum up Reality, Grief, Hope in three words, what would they be?
This is Brueggemann’s sequel to the Prophetic Imagination in light of what has happened in our country since he wrote that book, especially the attacks on 9/11. He compares the current culture of denial of reality, massive injustice and American exceptionalism to the situation in Jerusalem before the Babylonian exile. In a profound study of the books of Jeremiah, Lamentaions and 2 Isaiah, he offers models for how we can begin to face our current reality, grieve the inevitable coming loss of our unsustainable culture, and seek hope.
What didn’t you like about Tom Taverna’s performance?
It was very sloppy. He tended to drone on without inflection or seeming understanding. The transitions from one reading to another were very noticeable and badly done. At a couple of points you could hear a telephone in the background. He mispronounced words and didn’t seem to understand what he was reading. It was irritating.