Many of you know Matthew Lickona--from writing Swimming with Scapulars, numerous short stories, the blog Godsbody and its collaborative morph into Korrektiv ("Bad Catholics, blogging at a time near the end of the world"). The Korrektiv Press' second title is Lickona's own Surfing With Mel (Lives of Famous Catholics), a fictionalized version of real life events that reputedly occurred as two Catholic-influenced movie makers--Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas--try to collaborate on putting the Book of Maccabees on screen. The narrative in script form (and the real life backstory) is a bit like watching a grippingly written trainwreck in slow motion, but it isn't presented for prurient sightseeing. Between the swearing, slurs, creepiness, humor, and sadness, there are multiple moral narratives here: how do we make moral decisions when we are spinning out of control? When do you give people a chance when they appear to have the moral maturity of a rabid dog? How do you follow God in such an insanely messed up universe, messed up primarily from your own decisions? No easy answers, but it makes for fascinating reading. I encourage people who can handle the language (OK, I've warned you, Mel is not a G rated character): do buy it and read it.
I shamelessly asked Matthew Lickona to talk a bit about the book.
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