100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson 1. Fantastic 2. Truthy 3. Uhmerkin (sound it out) The Once and Future King by T.H. White 1. Wordy 2. Whimsy 3. Humanism The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr. 1. Moving 2. Unique 3. Lyrical … [Read more...] about 3 and 3: Books I’ve Read Recently and 3 Words About ‘Em
Books and Stories
UPDATE: Now there are zero slots left. Dang it. My timing stinks. UPDATE: There are almost ZERO slots left. Register now, or lose your place forever. Back-story: The Rabbit Room is a online public house, a website where some Christians (creative types, mostly) meet up and talk about the Story, Story, stories, movies, music, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s supposed to be an Inklings kind of … [Read more...] about What is the Hutchmoot and Why Should I Go?
Alan Jacobs, the fine author of The Narnian, on the theme of the 7 Narnia books. "Lewis once suggested that literary critics are, and have always been, neglectful of ‘Story considered in itself’. They have been so focused on themes and images and ideological commitments that they have failed to notice the thing that decisively differentiates stories from articles or treatises. If we then try … [Read more...] about Narnia’s Overall Theme: Disputed Sovereignty
I mean enabler in a good way. As I write, I just received word that my editor at West Virginia South, Audrey Stanton, has resigned. She has been on maternity leave and plans to spend more time with her newborn son and her other, young boy. She will continue to contribute to the magazine as a writer, but won’t be the editor any longer. I am very happy for her and am always happy to see children … [Read more...] about Thank You and Farewell to an Enabler
I am terrible at the oft-used skill of taking pictures of what's going on and then putting them on Twitter and Facebook and that kind of thing. But today I have taken a picture of my travelling companions and shall shew it forth to thee. I love audiobooks (if I were a teenager I would add a LOT of exclamation points here). I buy some, borrow some from various libraries and some I steal (one of … [Read more...] about Audiobooks Are My Co-Pilots
Ira Glass of This American Life has some fascinating thoughts on the building blocks of good storytelling. I found this very helpful, and inspiring. His remarks on failure are particularly useful (in parts 1 and 3), whatever kind of work you're doing. Here's parts 2, 3 and 4. HT: Brannon McAllister … [Read more...] about Ira Glass on Storytelling
"The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. . . . Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to … [Read more...] about This Goes for Storytelling Too
N.D. Wilson answers this and more in this interview...Listen now. I found Wilson's remarks to be very inspiring and very helpful for: 1. Parents looking for discernment about what kids read. 2. Creative people who love the Bible (authors, musicians, etc.). 3. People who want to understand if we should only receive "Christian" media (books, music, films, etc.) and need wisdom on that front. 4. … [Read more...] about Can Christians Tell Good Stories?
This fascinating video is popping up all over. For some context see Steve Laube's background links (interesting if you are interested in publishing). … [Read more...] about (Is) Book Publishing (Is) Dead
As you most likely know, my adopted home country of South Africa is very close to my heart. Since leaving there I have often dreamed of going back. It's a lovely land in so many ways, and there are so many people I miss. Since I have been focused on writing for a while, on working towards getting a novel published, it's pretty natural for me to want that to happen over there as well as here in … [Read more...] about African and American and Aspirational
If you could force every member of government (all 3 branches) to read one novel, what would it be? My Top Choice? 1984 by George Orwell (with Animal Farm being a close second). Every voting adult should read these. What else? … [Read more...] about Big Brother Books
"I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find that we are turned to hating." Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country … [Read more...] about Turn, Turn