There’s something about bald men. I’m not talking about men who have a shiny spot or thinning hair or the dreaded comb over. I’m talking about men who are celebrating their baldness, boldly shaving that hair to reveal those domes for all the world to see! Daring, no? In this society a thick head of hair screams of youth and vitality. And who knows? Perhaps there’s a nasty surprise waiting to be revealed by the razor. Not every cranium is nicely proportioned to be shone sans the old follicular decoration. I saw a news article featuring some famous celebs who have glorius cabezas. Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Patrick Stewart and Michael Chicklis for starters. These men take bald heads to new heights! But what impresses me more than the heads are the hearts that had the courage to bare themselves to the public, to go bald in a world that has raised hairstylists to the status of cult icons.
Some authors show that kind of courage in their writing, it seems to me. They risk writing stories that showcase the true, flawed human nature that we try so hard to keep locked away. Or maybe they step out and invent a whole new genre, putting their popularity and sales numbers on the line. A few books/writers that have succeeded in my humble opinion? Folks like Jerry Jenkins, who basically created the whole Christian fiction industry. John Grisham who stepped away from his legal thrillers to write The Painted House. Amazing books like the Harry Potter Series and All The Lovely Bones, Little Bee all dared to explore the unsafe or the untried. There’s something true in all of them, something lovely and ugly, triumphant and tragic in the characters that live in their pages.
Which books on your shelf dared to bare it all?