Lila

Just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Lila. Two brief thoughts for now, maybe more later. First, Robinson really is a master at her craft. Her prose is casual, conversational, comfortable but never mundane, never boring, never so elusive or evasive to become frustrating. And yet she is not a tell-er but a show-er. Sure, she’s telling all…

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,…

CRF: Why Words Matter

1. God created the world with words (Gen. 1:3-2:3). (Words are magic.) 2. God created the world through the Son, who is the Word (Jn. 1:2, Col. 1:16). Words are like people. The created world is words that speak (Ps. 19:1-11) and is upheld by the Word (Heb. 1:3). (Very magic.) 3. God gave man…

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…

A Porter Tale

My wife is making me blog about our dog. She says I can’t go to sleep until I tell a story about him. So here I am with my Corona in hand to do my duty. So there we are. It’s Sunday afternoon. All is pleasant. All is peaceful. All is serene. As we gaze…