Monday, September 1, 2008

A Different Kind Of "Chick" Lit

Over the weekend, a group of former RED staff members got together to honor our friend and colleague Craig Froehlich who passed away last month. We sat around eating pastry puffs, drinking beer/wine and reading some of Craig's best satirical columns. My friend Jeremy had a few of Craig's possessions on hand, including a box of Chick Tracts. These are new to me. Apparently when Craig was growing up in Detroit, evangelical Christians passed out "informative" propaganda designed to save souls (particularly dog-collared teens). The content runneth over with hyperbolic scare tactics and general bigotry designed to "reverse psychologize" recipients into "saving" their souls. Or driving into oncoming trains (see below).

(Jamie Gadette)

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