A friend just sent me a fascinating article about concepts of religion in the work of Hunter S. Thompson which appeared in a provocative, opinionated online journal about Catholicism, GodSpy: Faith at the Edge. Surfing this site, I also noticed an external link to a review of Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons. This article, which critiques Wolfe’s work in a spiritual context, appears in an online publication called The New Pantagruel (apparently a reference to a Rabelais classic), subtitled “Hymns in the Whorehouse”.
I have to feel pleased at the idea of unconventional new religious publications discussing authors like Thompson and Wolfe. Spirituality seems to be playing a bigger and bigger role in our current apocalyptic age, and the least we can hope for is a healthy, vibrant interchange between the world views of religious devotion and literary experimentation. Do you think these two world views can co-exist? And do they co-exist in your own thoughts? We’d like to know.