By Pamela A. Lewis Back in 1976, a friend and I saw the movie “Network,” starring Peter Finch as the fictional and rapidly unraveling TV news anchor Howard Beale, who was mad (in both senses of the word) about all that ails America. Along with everyone else in the theater, we laughed ourselves silly over the now-famous scene when he exhorts viewers to stick their heads out their window and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” It was hilarious when Beale commanded people to do this; funnier still that they did it. This country’s hackles have risen markedly over the last two years, and more recently during the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of then-Supreme Court nominee (and now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh. Even the American eagle looks fiercer than usual. Some observers have argued that this “anger” should be upgraded to “rage,” prompting author Rebecca Traister, whose recently published book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” to observe, “Rage is all the rage.” Of course, anger is not new to America. Historically, it has been the driving force behind our civil rights movements and other expressions of activism.
Review by Neva Rae Fox “Hallelujah, Anyhow!” is the long-awaited memoir of one of the leading voices in the Episcopal Church. Barbara C. Harris is the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church, the first African-American female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion. She is a trailblazer in many ways. At only 136 pages, “Hallelujah, Anyhow!” is a rather short book for such an influential and powerful person, not unlike the petite, powerful woman who wrote it. This is Barbara Harris at her best —witty, insightful and on target. She is well-known for her sense of humor, able to come up with a quick barb at a highly appropriate time, and the book details many of those times. The book title stems from a hymn by Joseph Pace. In her forward, Harris talks about the importance of hymns in her life — upon awakening, at day’s end and times in-between. Each chapter concludes with the words “Hallelujah, Anyhow!” as she weaves the phrase and hymns into her narrative.