Category Archives: Irving (John)

How Owen Meany Comforts the Bereaved

In his interactions with friends and family of slain Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, Trump is making the issue about himself. “Prayer for Owen Meany” reminds us that we should focus instead on the mourners.

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Misusing Metaphor in the Abortion Debates

Both sides are misusing metaphor in the abortion debates. If we want a deeper vision of reality, we must turn to literature.

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Why Roe v. Wade? Read “Cider House”

John Irving shows the horrors that can happen when abortion is not available.

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John Irving’s Defense of Abortion

“Cider House Rules” calls out those anti-abortion proponents who refuse to face up to the lengths to which some desperate women are willing to go.

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Letting the Bears Loose in Zanesville

Sometimes art holds a mirror up to life, sometimes life imitates art. Wednesday’s story of exotic animals on the rampage in Zanesville, Ohio had me thinking we were in the middle of the John Irving novel Letting the Bears Loose. The story, in case you missed it, involved the owner of an exotic animal preserve […]

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