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Local Quartet
Date of Review: 
Oct.17.1993
Published Work: 
Reviewer: 
Perry Tannenbaum
Source: 
Creative Loafing

Scott Owens has produced a more satisfying book in The Persistence of Faith.  There are some unforgettable imaginative feats in this thin tome.  Almost all occur when Owens lifts the mask of God -- or that Savior dude -- to his face and retells the key events of religious cosmological history.

He does this with a fearless honesty and a style that can be brutally profane or coldly corporate.  No heavenly father I was previously familiar with could be so exasperated and spontaneous that he'd say, "Fuck it. Here's a boy to play with."

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The thrust of these divine reimaginings is almost always deeply provocative -- built on the juxtaposition of reality and myth.  Owens is frankly retailoring myth as he pens his godly anecdotes. The pleasure is in seeing how tightly it fits. In particular, I expect "The Right One" to show up in anthologies shortly.  Definitely a Coca-Cola antichrist for the ages.