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BOOKS

Bidding a fond farewell

Rosemary Reuther
Feminist theologian, striving for church
reforms, is not afraid to confront the
central questions of modern Christianity
and society

In my four years at the Daily,
almost everything has changed. In
December of 1983, the Daily cost
fifteen cents - as much as The
Detroit News. It came out Tuesday
through Sunday. We wrote our
stories on typewriters.
As reigning Daily dinosaur, I
occasionally tire my co-workers with
stories about people they never had
the chance to know. I lord my
knowledge of past times over them.
I feel a special sense of authority
when I talk about the way the Daily
does things, or should do things.
And sometimes, I think about the
fine people I have known who are
out in a world which is supposedly
more real than the one in which I
live, and I wish they would return to
the desks which still seem to belong
to them.
I am fond of this paper, and
sometimes I pretend that I will
always work here, beside the friends
I have -made, with the editorial
freedom, and autonomy which I have
come to cherish. But the paper keeps
changing. Most Dailyites only spend
a year or two on the paper. I am well
into my second generation of friends.
I have seen many of my co-workers
travel on to bigger and better things,

and some have travelled on to
smaller and worse things. The paper
is no longer the paper I naively
walked into, and I am changing too.
There is, however, one person at
the Daily, whose experience at and
dedication to the paper far outstrip
my own. I consider him my oldest
Daily buddy. And he is, to a great
degree, responsible for some of the
better things about this paper.
Production manager Lucius Doyle
has been at the Daily five times as
long as I have, working in the
composing room. He is a constant. I
have watched disillusioned ex-
Dailyites return to the editorial
offices which had been their
stomping grounds. Unable to adjust
to the refurbishments, and the notion
that someone else is doing the job
that they once did, they retreat
downstairs, to see Lucius.
Anyone who stays at the Daily
long enough to accept editorial
responsibility eventually runs into

Lucius. And the first encounter is
never pleasant. Lucius wields a mean
Ex-acto knife, used to remove our
all-too-frequent foul-ups from the
paper. When the composing room
becomes crowded, Lucius' control
over the blade deteriorates, not that
anyone's ever been injured. This
serves to instantaneously separate
conversationists, who quickly head
back upstairs, from proof-readers.
When I became Weekend editor,
Lucius scared me. Older Dailyites
told me that I had to send my copy
down completely mistake-free, or
else face his awe-inspiring wrath. I
did my best, and I remember my
quandry when I decided that one of
my mistakes was so embarassing
that we simply had to correct it.u
"Lucius," I croaked, the
typesetters didn't screw up, but I did,
pretty badly ...do you think we can
fix this word up? It'll read
completely wrong if we don't."
Lucius eyed me with what
appeared to be contempt he reserved
for garden pests. "Well," he said
with a groan, "what do we need
here?" Lucius fixed it, and saved my
butt.
Over time, it became clear to me
See LOGIE, Page 15

Disposable
Clea & Zeus Divorce spent
A novel by Emily Prager suckers
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Vintage Contemporaries televisii
$6.95/paperback Real
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A Visit From The Divorc
Footbinder reason
Short stories by Emily Prager writing
Vintage Contemporaries the vic
$6.95/paperback betwee
Let us begin by saying that if probabl
this were a perfect world, and we had the stor
all the money we could ever want to link. H
spend, and all the time we could ever unawar
want for reading, books like these faith the
would not be a problem. In th
Books like these are, in fact, century
fairly innocuous, "these books" about t
being by Emily Prager. They are flash,
marketed with that Yuppie appeal, betwee
ooh aah that hard romantic life in the disables
city stuff, with new wave covers binding
suggesting Tama Janowitz or Brett again,
Easton Ellis. sized f
They read fast. You don't have to marry v
think about them. In fact, there is so isn't s
little that actually sticks, that two manag
days later, you wonder "What was it occasio
I was reading about? Why was it I literatw

$6.95 a piece for these
s, when it would be more
ing (and cheaper) to watch
on, and I hate television?"
ly, A Visit to the Footbinder
uch better than Clea & Zeus
e, and that's for the simple
that both the plots and the
are more interesting. The
ries concern themselves with
ious circle of oppression
n the sexes. Prager would
y never say that herself about
ies, but it is the connecting
[er narrator's voices are
e of the unconscious leaps of
at they are making.
he title story, it is thirteenth
China, and the narrator is
to get her feet bound. In a
she makes the connection
en upper-class beauty and
ment: she might die from the
g, she'll never be able to run
and yet without tiny lotus-
feet, she won't be able to
within her class. Of course, it
o cut and dried, and Prager
es to throw in a dash of wit
nally. While this isn't great
re, it is diversion.

yuppie

books

Clea & Zeus Divorce is not
diversion. The plot involves two
performers who turn their divorce
into a live two hour prime time
special. Clea believes that the bomb
is going to hit Manhattan in the last
five minutes of the show. And she
knew this when she bought the air
time.
While this might be an
interesting topic in 'the hands of,
say, Mike Rubin, Prager does not
make this work. She gives many
details about her characters, heavens
knows they are all exotic and
handsome, but they are wooden.
Dead on the page. It's fiction, and
there's nothing there to suggest that
these persons ever lived or ever could
live. So what if the bomb falls?
You can't destroy what isn't there.
-V.J. Beauchamp
WEEKEND
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INTERVIEW

Rosemary Radford Reuther is a professor of theology at Garret Evans
Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has
written or edited over 25 books, and written over 500 articles. One of
the most influential women theologians, Reuther's influence extends
well beyond the Catholic church. She has written on topics ranging
from anti-semitism, to the connections between the women's
movement and the ecological movement, to homosexual rights. She
spoke recently on campus and talked to WEEKEND Editor Alan Paul
Daily: Are you a sister?
Ruether: 'No, why should I be a sister? I am not a nun. There are
a large number of Roman Catholics who are not nuns.
D: Your main area of interest has been...
R: My main training is that of a historical theologian, which means
I"m a historian in Christian ideas and I teach widely in that area, across
church history, historical theology, and ethics. And I write and talk
about various kinds of ethical issues in Christian thought, one of those
being the status of women, another being racism, peace...that sort of
things.
D:Do you support reforms within the Catholic church which would
allow women to become priests?
R: Of course I support the ordination of women. However, I think
one has to fo more than just ordain women. One has to ask about how
the whole structure of clericalism is set up in relation to the laity. In
other words, one needs more a sense of clerical community, rather than
just including a few women in the clergy.
D: Are you optimistic about...
R: I don't do optimism or pessimism. I do oughts. (laughs) It's
really irrelevant whether it's going to be or not be. It ought to be. One
has to make that case.-
D: Yes, but you've made the decision to remain in the Catholic
church whereas many have become Episcopalians for instance.
R: Yes, but that's irrelevant. You can make a case for this church,
for what it ought to be. It has nothing to do with optimism or
pessimism anymore than "we shouldn't blow up the world with the
atom bomb." We try but you don't operate on the basis of predictability
and then give it up if it's not predictable.
D: Did the recent visit of the Pope have a large influence?,
R: No. It had very little influence.
D: Do you think it was most;y ceremonial?
R: He wanted it to be something more than that but he wasn't
talking to the American people and therefore he was not making
contIEt.
See INTERVIEW, Page 15S

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The neurotic builds castles in the
sky.
The psychotic lies in them.
The psychiatrist collects the rent.
-Graduate Library
No one snowflake in an avalanche
feels responsible
-Angell Hall Aud. B
If you choose not to decide you still
make a choice
-Angell Hall Aud. B
God is love
love is blind
Ray Charles is blind
Ray Charles is God
A very bad syllogism
(in reply)
JIMI HENDRIX IS GOD, STEVIE
RAY VAUGHN IS JESUS IN
TRAINING
-Angell Hall Aud. B
The Daily's crossword puzzle is the
best part of Comm. 401
-Angell Hall Aud. B

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