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Ricochet, you’ve very narrowly been spared. Our discussion of the framework nuclear deal with Iran led to a suggestion by our resident curmudgeon Ball Diamond Ball that I carefully re-consider the work of Saul Alinsky for insight. I was game, and I was even on the verge of opening our weekend literature contest to those who wished to spend it reading Alinsky and tracing his influence on the Obama Administration.
Then it occurred to me that this could not possibly be how anyone on Ricochet would wish to spend this weekend. (I know for sure I don’t.) Please correct me if I’m mistaken, but I suspect we would all prefer to spend it with a great work of art or literature more suitable to the Easter holiday.
So our weekend contest is now open. In fact, this weekend, we will hold two contests simultaneously.
Please submit your entry for the most beautiful work of literature in the English language inspired by Easter. This is an English literature contest, and open to Ricochet members of all faiths or none. Thus one rule: nothing in translation. Not even the Bible, I’m afraid. No Goethe, no Tolstoy, etc. But any Anglophone evocation of Easter–fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, from any period–is eligible.
The Ricochet Glory in Literature Badge will be assigned to the member who:
a) Nominates and cites the greatest English-language work of literature inspired by Easter; and
b) Makes the most effective case that this entry nominated is, indeed, the greatest work of literature in the English language inspired by Easter.
The Ricochet Glory in Art Badge awaits the Ricochet member who:
a) identifies the painting above;
b) and identifies the English-language essay that most famously describes it;
c) and makes the case that the author was correct;
d) or makes the case that the author was incorrect. In doing so, you must offer a better suggestion, and defend your case for it.
I wish everyone on Ricochet a glorious weekend of contemplating the beautiful, the sublime, and the inspired.