My loyal companion Mr. Tingle points out this snippet from a May 24th Newsweek profile of Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, authors of the Left Behind series. The quote comes from Jenkins: â€œI was in Samâ€™s Club the other day, standing behind a woman carrying a copy of â€˜Left Behindâ€™ in one hand and a fifth of whisky in the other. Something was going to put her to sleep that night.â€
But what caught my attention was what followed. The reporter writes: â€œBut itâ€™s clearly cost [Jenkins] some struggle to come to terms with what sort of writer he is. â€˜Pedestrian writing, thin characters — I can handle the criticism,â€™ he says. â€˜I write to pedestrians. And I am a pedestrian. I write the best I can. I know Iâ€™m never going to be revered as some classic writer. I donâ€™t claim to be C.S. Lewis. The literary-type writers, I admire them. I wish I was smart enough to write a book thatâ€™s hard to read, you know?â€™â€ (Emphasis mine.)
I donâ€™t know, but I think that while his shoulders were busy shrugging â€œaw shucksâ€, his right arm was busy with a jab, donâ€™t you?
Age watch: Jenkins is described as a â€œbaby boomer.â€ LaHaye is 78. I love these guys.