A Friendship in Twilight (Part II)
Author Jack Miles returns to Common Threads to continue the conversation about the book he co-wrote with Mark C. Taylor titled, ‘A Friendship in Twilight: Lockdown Conversations on Death and Life.’
Jack Miles and Mark C. Taylor have spent their lives grappling with questions of ultimate concern. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, locked down at home and facing an uncertain future, Miles and Taylor embarked on an extended conversation about living and dying in an imperiled world.
A Friendship in Twilight is their plague journal. In raw and searching letters, written daily from the first lockdowns through the Capitol riot, Miles and Taylor reflect on life during overlapping crises. Amid the menace of the pandemic and the unceasing political turmoil, they debate the lessons that a catastrophic present can teach about the future and how to read, think, live, and face up to death.
Our guest, Jack Miles, is general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions. He is distinguished Professor Emeritus of English & Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and Senior Fellow for Religion & International Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. Jack Miles is the author of ‘Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story,’ ‘GOD: A Biography,’ and ‘CHRIST: A Crisis in the Life of God.’ Jack has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Commonweal and many other publications.