Adam’s Sneer

Stacy was excited about the parade. She knew it wasn’t much. It wasn’t a huge sacrifice or anything. But she knew every little bit helped. There might just be one girl in the crowd who would see the float, remember the web address, and later, when she could control her emotions, look them up for…

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…