Preludes: Essays on the Ludic Imagination


These essays are clearly not about play as unseriousness, not about fun and games, a point that should be abundantly demonstrated by the reference to the death camps of the Holocaust. They are about the space, the "Spielraum," necessary for the wheel of life to turn soulfully. Christine Downing's essays may be felt to function as a possible prelude to the play of a truly ludic imagination, which, like Buber's "slow medicine," quietly enters the soul, working into the heart, awakening a secret melody to be noticed only later. "Preludes," indeed! David L. Miller
Author of "Three Faces of God"
and "Hells and Holy Ghosts"