Weddings as Warfare

Anymore, a Christian wedding is a declaration of war. In some ways, I wonder if it would be appropriate to paint our faces blue and have you yell your vows at the top of your lungs. Maybe if we were Scottish; maybe if all the men were wearing kilts. But what I mean is that…

WordFlood

We have been inundated with words. The relatively recent neologism “mass media” is an attempt to simply describe this growing flood. Of course it includes images, art, film, but wound through it all are words, words, words. Thousands of dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, anthologies rush through the air via fiber optics or some such wizardry, and…

Bradbury on the Joy of Writing

How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lighting bolt? What are the best things and the worst things in your life,…

David Hart on Tolkien and Politics

David Hart quotes from a letter Tolkien wrote to his son: My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs)—or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate real of England and…

Stories that Create Children

Newsom explores the genre of the prose introduction of Job and settles on a “didactic tale,” drawing off of elements of fairytale as well as prophetic/parabolic tales. She interacts with Susan Suleiman’s work Authoritarian Fiction, who notes that didactic literature “infantilizes the reader.” Newsom explains: “The subject position that didactic narratives offer the reader of…

Havering to You

haver [ˈheɪvə]vb (intr) Brit1. to dither2. Scot and northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babblen(usually plural) Scot nonsense[of unknown origin] “And if I haver yeah I know I’m gonna be/I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you.”

Falling and Singing

“When I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in just such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky HT: Remy Wilkins

Doing the Math of Mercy

Taught on Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman this morning, and the role that the past plays in the present is haunting. Willy Loman is exhausted, worn down by a life of misdirection, misunderstanding, and failure. He followed a dream, and the dream let him down. The story traces (indirectly) Willy Loman’s life from a…

Lewis, Stories, and Imagination

I just finished reading The Silver Chair out loud to my son. We have one more to go before finishing the Chronicles of Narnia series. It’s taken a bit longer to get through this one as we started it before our move several months ago. And with sicknesses, new schedules, and everything else, it’s taken…

Who’s the Human?

My wife pointed out this morning that in many ways the Frankenstein creature is far more human than his creator, Victor Frankenstein. The creature longs for human society, friendship, community, virtue, etc. Victor on the other hand is this reclusive scientist bent on knowledge and glory, and then even after his experiment goes horribly wrong,…