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Crooked Finger
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My name is Jonny. I like to write, read, listen to music and photography. I have been a Christian since 1970. I am married with three grown children. All three of our children are married. We have three grandchildren. I am a avid collector of books and music. I like to do nothing. I like to think of myself as a contemplative Christian.

"For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel." 1 Corinth. 9:16

"18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea." Jack Kerouac

"it managed to incorporate the techniques of modernist fiction-a near absence of plot, an introspective hero, a calculated disruption of narrative-without surrendering its originality" pg. 129 "Bellow: A Biography" by James Atlas

My journal is a critique of Western civilization.

"John Banville's 2005 winner The Sea, to name one particularly egregious example, clearly engages with Beckett's preoccupation with the human compulsion to keep communicating throughout the experience of bodily decay, but transposes this concern from the fractured, repetitive, non-sequiturial structures of a novel like The Unnameable to a stylistic idiom more amenable to holiday readers."

"One must tear them away from the reality to which they have become accustomed and cause them them to see everything new. Their uneasiness will force them to seek solutions and then turn to a teacher. . . but one has to do everything, one has to create a situation that threatens them. . .
This is correct. For knowledge whatever it is worth, from the most precise mathematics to the darkest suggestions of art, is not to calm the soul but to create a state of vibration and tension in it." Gombrowicz "Diary" pg. 123

"a witness against the blindness of modern society"

"a philosophical and prophetic exposition of disappointment with the American Dream"

"a place from which to launch guerrilla raids upon the bourgeois establishment"

"doing what Emerson suggested: capturing the world as it might be seen from one point of view"

"a primal howl of a torn soul"

"the solution, he now saw, was to abandon the logic of argument altogether and follow the great modernists in building instead a loosely constellated associative structure from which an unstated central thesis might be allowed to emerge as a strong cumulative pattern or sense"

"to objectify through language a created consciousness"

"every individual is possessed with great knowledge in his soul, and it is a matter of recollecting this knowledge"

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