• Scholar in Residence on National Public Radio

3/9/2011

Suffolk University’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence James Carroll was a recent guest on two National Public Radio programs, including  “On Point”  with Tom Ashbrook March 8 and “All Things Considered” March 12.

An award winning author and Boston Globe columnist, Carroll discussed his new book Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World.

In an interview with Guy Raz of NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Carroll describes a city where “savage violence found a home” but also a place where people “have found ways to surpass the violent impulse.”

“The history of the place tells us violence can be reckoned with, can be directly confronted and can be left behind,” he said.

Carroll writes that Jerusalem Jerusalem “uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became a transcendent fantasy that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth.”

“This book is about the lethal feedback loop between the actual city of Jerusalem and the apocalyptic fantasy it inspires. It is a book, therefore, about two Jerusalems: the earthly and the heavenly, the mundane and the imagined.” (Excerpt from Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World)

Carroll, a former Catholic priest, first visited Jerusalem in 1973.

The Denver Post has described Carroll as “one of the most adept and versatile writers on the American scene today.” He is the author of ten novels and six works of non-fiction, including the National Book Award winning An American Requiem, the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary, and House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award.

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