In the closing moments of the year, the Press page over at The Brick Testament website has finally been updated with many of the recent articles, items, and interviews from various newspaper and magazines including The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Catholic Telegraph, New Music Monthly, The Baltimore Sun, Albany Times Union, Philadelphia Weekly, The Fayette Observer, The Orlando Sentinel, The Canton Repository, The Daily Herald, The Sun, Skagit Valley Herald, The Virginian-Pilot, Monterey County Herald, The Sun News, The Irish Examiner, and Italy’s Abastor Oddzine.
Archive for December, 2003
What is the best Jewish book you’re not reading? Go on, guess! According to the editorial staff over at Jewsweek, the answer to that question is none other than Rev. Smith’s own The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis. What, did you think LEGO-illustrated stories from the Old Testament would only appeal to Christians and atheists? Oy vey, who do you think first wrote these stories? I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t the Christians. Also, it was not the atheists. Did you know that 2004 is the Year of the Jew? OK, I just made that up, but it sounds pretty cool.
The popular radio program Studio 360 will be rerunning their interview with The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith which originally aired on the show last June. Check these listings to see when the program will be broadcast in your area, or listen to this segment of the show over the web by clicking here. RealAudio is required to listen over the web. You can find instructions for downloading this application here. This interview is conducted in Smith’s native language, English.
Not to be outdone by crosstown rivals at the Philadelphia Weekly, the city’s largest daily paper The Philadelphia Inquirer today released a full-length feature article on Rev. Smith’s new book The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis, whose LEGO versions of Bible tableaus it deems “devilishly ingenious”. The article attempts to glean some insight on Smith’s motivations, and looks at reactions the book is getting from the public and from the LEGO company itself.
The Season’s Readings feature in the current issue of the Philadelphia Weekly includes write-ups of ten books recommended as great Christmas gifts. Rev. Smith’s newly published The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis, whose painstakingly created tableaux of Old Testament stories are “pretty amazing”, is hailed as “the perfect way to introduce your heathen children to the Lord, or something like that.” The feature includes a photo of the cover of the book.
“Where irony, Christianity and Legos coalesce to create a beatific vision.” Such is the lofty description of Rev. Smith’s Brick Testament website and book in a feature article that can be found on the front page of the current Flak magazine website. The article explores Smith’s motivation behind creating the Bible out of LEGO bricks and looks at the reaction, both positive and negative, it is garnering from noted theologians. “Love it or hate it,” states the article, “it will teach you more about the Scriptures than a lifetime of attending church services at half-attention.”