Interview with the Messiah

or :”Anne Rice Returns to Catholicism, Writes Book on Jesus at Age 7. Expect a Goth Freak-Out in 5…4…3…”

Photo: 'Buddy Christ' statue.

[via Metafilter] Call me an intellectual snob if you must, but I’ve made it a point to

give Anne Rice’s novels a wide berth. It’s not that I’ve got anything

against a good vampire story, it’s just that many of the grown-ups I’ve

encountered who have a large collection of her books would be lucky to

get a two-digit score on an IQ test. My feelings on the matter are best

summed up in a Simpsons gag in which Otto the pot-addled bus driver, who is staying over at the Simpsons’ house, asks Marge for something to read: “Hey, Mrs. Simpson — you got anything written from the vampire’s point of view?”

I find it mildly amusing that Ms. Rice’s upcoming novel, the first in a series, is taking an

interesting direction that some of her legions of goth fans may find


In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of vampires, witches and—under

the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure—of soft-core S&M encounters, will

publish “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” a novel about the 7-year-old

Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. “I promised,” she says, “that from

now on I would write only for the Lord.” It’s the most startling public

turnaround since Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” announced that he’d

been born again.

Even more strange: Kirkus Reviews gave it a star and calls it:

a triumph of

tone — her prose lean, lyrical, vivid — and character. As he ponders

his staggering responsibility, the boy [Yeshua — the Hebrew name we know as “Jesus” — Joey] is fully believable — and yet

there’s something in his supernatural empathy and blazing intelligence

that conveys the wondrousness of a boy like no other.

My curiosity is piqued now. I may have to purchase a copy.

I’ll also have to keep an eye on LiveJournal for the next little

while. The goth freak-outs over the development should be amusing.

Graphic: A mopey goth.

It may be time for some folks to re-read The Mopey Goth Handbook of Despair.

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