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Blasphemy, by David Lawton (University of Pennsylvania Press, 242 pages, 16.95 paperback) strikes me as odd. In his conclusion, he writes, "literature, representation and reading is potentially blasphemous." Lawton is an English professor at the University of Tasmania (no kidding!), but shouldn't the verb be are rather than is?

He also asks if "it is blasphemous to wonder," whether, as the Gulf War began, millions of pious Americans prayed for Hulk Hogan to become heavyweight champion of the World Wrestling Federation. What I wonder is why that would be blasphemous.

I'm not sure of the exact point of the book, but parts of it are interesting. And did I mention odd?

Anthony Marinelli has been a high school teacher for 15 years. I have watched him work a roomful of students knowing that I was in the presence of a masterful, gifted teacher.
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Author:Graham, William C.
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 19, 1993
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