Friday, August 18, 2006

Artscroll Biographies

Many, including myself, have criticized the whitewashing that Artscroll engages in when they publish a biography of a rabbi. However, note the following:

Why else do we read fiction, anyway? Not to be impressed by somebody's dazzling language - or at least I hope that's not the reason. I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not "true" because we're hungry for another kind of truth: The mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself." --Orson Scott Card, Introduction to Ender's Game
Read as fiction, perhaps artscroll biographies are very useful...