Kafka on Reading Books

I just finished listening to Krista Tippet’s interview with Walter Brueggemann, which was interesting on many levels, not the least for this quote by Kafka on reading books. If only we could always read the Bible as the “ax for the frozen sea within us”! The best literature, and the kind of thing we strive to publish in Relief, will disrupt our habitual lives and refresh our orientation to the world – and to the Scriptures.

About Brad Fruhauff

Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Some of his interests include Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, film, hermeneutics, and theological aesthetics. Scholarly and literary publications include The Ankeny Briefcase, Rock & Sling, *catapult, Burnside Writers’ Collective, The Englewood Review of Books, Victorians, and The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons.

Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Some of his interests include Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, film, hermeneutics, and theological aesthetics. Scholarly and literary publications include The Ankeny Briefcase, Rock & Sling, *catapult, Burnside Writers’ Collective, The Englewood Review of Books, Victorians, and The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two sons.

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  1. I clicked over and read the full quote, that is a powerful! Thanks for sharing.

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