We just kicked off the third annual Mormon Lit Blitz and hope you'll hop aboard your curelom and join us for the journey through twelve short pieces of Mormon Lit ("short" meaning less than 1000 words, which is about three minutes of reading time). From June 30th - July 5th, you, dear readers, will have the chance to vote for your favorite pieces and choose a winner for the $100 Lit Blitz prize. In the meantime, we hope you'll join us for daily discussions of the finalists on this blog.
Today's Piece: Lindsay Denton's "20/20"
On a literal level, this is a piece about a girl who gets glasses, grows up, and then occasionally takes those glasses off.
But literature does not tend to be purely literal. Much of the power of literature, in fact, is in its ability to serve as open metaphor: to provide images that don't mean any one exact thing, but that we can apply to a wide range of different concerns or experiences.
It's sort of amazing, actually, that a story about the biological problem with one girl's eyesight and the technological solution our society offers her can be turned so easily into a spiritual question for its readers.
How often do you distinguish between the way the world is and the way you see it?
What does it mean to become as little children?
Is the very real, objectively extant God partly to be found in the blurred edges of our perceptions?
What other sorts of things did this piece get you thinking about?