Robert Hudson talks about his latest book, The Art of the Almost Said: A Christian Writer’s Guide to Writing Poetry. Good poetry, he says, requires “intensity and toughness.” Lest the “Christian” of the subtitle give you the wrong idea, Bob’s favorite chapter is on “Love and Sex: A Brief, Comic Interlude.”
Richard Alleva writes about film for the Catholic journal Commonweal‘s website commonwealmagazine.org. In our interview, he reads from his essay anthologized in a Best Movie Writing book edited by director Peter Bogdanovich. We also talk about, among other things, his formation as a critic; about why some films are so politically incorrect they should only be viewed in the privacy of one’s home; and about a recent film he was tempted to walk out of.