A High-Speed Quest From Desert Kingdom to Russian Steppe
“The Siege of Isfahan” is a breezy tale set in 18th century Persia, heavy on plot, light on introspection–but leave it to a French novelist to include a philosophical epilogue about his yarn.
One of the sillier bits of advice propagated by fiction-writing programs around the country is to write about what you know. Perhaps that accounts for the proliferation of novels about twentysomethings living bohemian existences in New York or Los Angeles.
The Primitive and Pragmatic in Pentecostalism, but Not the Dark Side
Few religious groups in the United States have attracted as much antagonism as Pentecostal Christians. Known derogatorily as “Holy Rollers,” Pentecostals have a reputation for delivering fire-and-brimstone sermons, speaking in tongues and writhing in ecstasy.