Aly

alyWhen the history of early 21st Century, Post-Evangelical, Meta – Feminist, Positive-Sexual-Identity, Pre-Teen Devotional Literature for Womyn is finally written, the name Aly Hawkins will resound through the pages like a loud cymbal having recently been struck quite forcefully by an adept striker, and quite unlike the sound of Lutefisk hitting the just-for-company plates at Christmas.

But I digress.

In Spring of 2005, Aly’s first book was published to such resounding critical acclaim as “Wow, that’s pink” (Christianity Today, August 05) and “Huh … Did you know it was going to be so pink?” (Art and Culture, September 05). Such a seminal work comes along so rarely, that one might think it a fluke; a confluence of external forces that propel some works forward with an almost syphonaical determination. One might think that in such cases, the author is incidental to the force of the work.

Those of us who know her best, who are privileged to count Aly as a friend or acquaintance, know better. We know that this kind of inspiration rises up from fertile soil. African soil.

Aly’s family originally visited Africa in the spring of 4,500,000 BCE, and quickly adapted to the arid climate and ravenous tigers. It wasn’t until several years later, however, that the family finally decided to buy a summer home there, and settle in for a bit. In order to avoid her awkward teen years, her parents sent Aly off to live at Rift Valley Academy, which, from her description of it, sounds like it was built into the walls of a huge canyon, just like the Mars colony in Total Recall. Oh man, that movie was awesome. Remember when they pulled the huge metal marble out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nose? Man, they just don’t make movies like that anymore.

But I digress.

Those of us who are part of Addison Road got to see Aly blossom from a young, carefree, hippie, anti-authoritarian radical into the ultimate symbol of power and oppression: President of an all-women’s choir. My wife still sometimes shakes in fear at the memory of Aly’s violent rages and quellarent domination of 90 withering preacher’s daughters. But in the end, they did what no other Women’s Choir before or since has ever done: forced 6 directors in a row to resign from the University.

These days, you are likely to find Aly sipping a Pinot Noir at Table 13 in Ventura, penning a chapter in her upcoming novel, a pithy work of southern love, betrayal, and olfitory redemption. She is married to Ash, which was just so blindingly obvious to all of us that we wonder why it took them so long to figure it out. At this point in the story, someone would normally make a joke about how many times they got together and broke up before finally staying together, but I’d like to think I’m above that. Or maybe I will … No, no I won’t. Ok I will … wait, never-mind. She sings, with depth and poignancy, and with a vocal range that makes Tiger Wood’s tee-shot look downright priloficious by comparison. She does most things well, and all with grace and aplomb.

But I digress.

Aly’s ideal Jeopardy categories are:

1) That Ain’t My Motherland
2) Modern Authors Possessed by the spirit of C.S. Lewis
3) That reminds me of something David Sedaris once wrote …
4) Ella, Mahalia, Aretha, and Lady Day
5) Ink (body / paper)
6) Post-Liberal Progressives, and the self-loathing Conservatives who love them
7) Dialectic Theology in Practical Community

(bio written by Michael)

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5 thoughts on “Aly

  1. steve

    If you are suggesting Vietnam and Korea are not suitable models, that the US intervened to stop a civil war, then maybe we read different history books. Regardless of applicability to Iraq, the US was on the Korean peninsula as a force to oust the Japanese. While the forces were there, along with the Soviets, the two sides were formed and the North Koreans (neither side was politically recognized) sought to unify the continent and oust the “imperialist” US forces. The case of Vietnam is similar, in that the Vietnamese were first fighting Japanese cocupation, then French occupation, and once everyone was gone, US occupation. It wasnt a civil war unless you take the fact that there was an unsigned agreement that there would be two Vietnam countries and some history of separation. In every case, the presence of outside forces always encouraged the rebellion of the locals and fueled their desire for unity (even if one-sided unity).

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