Brett McCracken, one of our dear friends and former C.S. Lewis Foundation Intern and Conference Registrar, is currently writing a book about Christian “hipsters” and is taking a research/writing trip to New York City, London, Oxford and Paris, including a short stay at The Kilns as part of the Scholars-in-Residence program. Here’s an excerpt from his blog “Still Searching“:
The coolest thing about my trip is that when I’m in Oxford, I will be staying at the Kilns—the quaint little English home of C.S. Lewis on the outskirts of the city. The house is owned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, who I’ve been associated with for the last 4 years. The Foundation opens the home throughout the year to scholars and writers who need an inspiring place to get their work done. They call it the C.S. Lewis Study Centre.
Of course I feel completely lucky and spoiled that I’ll get to spend a week there. I’m immensely blessed to be able to write in the study where Lewis wrote the majority of his world-impacting texts. I only hope some of his brilliant, humble spirit will waft its way into my own hand as I write in that place. I don’t expect miracles—but Lewis would probably say that I should.
Anyway, I will be hopefully be updating my blog every few days throughout my time in Europe, wherever wifi is available. After my week in Oxford, I’ll be in London for a few days, and then in Paris for four days. So bon voyage, readers! Next time you hear from me will likely be Sunday night, from Brooklyn—where I’ll be writing from the cradle of hipster civilization.
If you want to follow Brett on his trip and find out more about what a “Christian hipster” is, visit his blog at http://stillsearching.wordpress.com/