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Guernica on Longform’s Best of the Year List

December 15, 2011

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Meghan O’Gieblyn’s “Sniffing Glue,” chosen as one of the top 10 essays of the year.

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We’re delighted that longform.org picked “Sniffing Glue,” Meghan O’Gieblyn’s terrific memoir about growing up listening to Christian pop music, as one of its best essays of the year. In describing the funhouse mirror that evangelical culture holds up to the mainstream, O’Gieblyn illuminates a sub-culture to which, it’s safe to say, most Guernica readers have only the most passing exposure. O’Gieblyn’s tone is light and gently mocking but the theme is as serious as the hereafter. In her clever inversion, totems of 1990s alienation like Beck and Nirvana emerge as voices so corrupt and alluring that evangelicals, the real nonconformists, sell their souls to the Gods of alt-rock.

Writers take note: we fished “Sniffing Glue” out of the slush pile. It does happen.

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Sniffing Glue: A childhood in Christian pop. More

 
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