Sunday, April 1, 2007

Deep in the Heart of Texas

When Irma Vega's husband came home from work the other day, he was bearing a gift. The shape of the Virgin of Guadalupe was noticed by the man after he unearthed this rock at a construction site in San Antonio, Texas. Irma recognized the shape, too. As did the priest who blessed the rock. The Vegas feel lucky, and have created a shrine. In this report from WOAI, their home address is made available, so you can go visit the rock!

Before I started working on Madonna of the Toast, I had written a short story called "Flint Ford." Because I have long been interested in notions of meaning, its origination, dissemination and import, I incorporated the Virgin of Guadalupe into the piece, which is set in Texas. I had been in touch with Drew Burk, editor of Spork, and he ended up publishing the story on the website in two installments. Go here to read the portion about the Virgin. Go here if you want to read the story from the beginning. A slightly edited version of "Flint Ford" will appear in a forthcoming print edition of Spork.

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