Author Archives: Stephen Carter

The Monstrous Metaphors of Laura Brown and Abraham

Watching The Hours is inevitably an enthralling and destabilizing experience for me. If you haven’t seen this movie (or read the luminous book it was based on), you should do so now because I’m about to spoil the story. Laura … Continue reading

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Break It Down!

Like Lehi of old, I stepped from the front door of my house and found something beautiful sparkling in the sunlight. It was not a Liahona; it was the final proof of iPlates Volume 1, a graphic novel based the … Continue reading

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What Does Louis CK Have to Teach the Mormon Humorist?

I’ve been writing Mormon humor off and on for more than ten years now. In 2002, some friends and I started The Sugar Beet, a Mormon humor website, and my first article was titled “Provo Temple Liftoff Successful.” (The Sugar … Continue reading

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Beyond Doubt

At the most recent AML Conference, James Goldberg made a passing remark that has stuck with me. It went something along the lines of, “I’ve become bored with stories about doubt.” The comment stuck with me because . . . … Continue reading

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Meeting the Gods

We’d been hiking for hours, the wind sandblasting our faces and whipping up dust devils as tall as the rock canyon walls. I wasn’t sure why we had come, or what we were there to see. And when we arrived, … Continue reading

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Wanted: One Internet-free Dark Night of the Soul

At a Sunstone Symposium a few years ago, I was talking with a person who ran a popular podcast. She mentioned that one of her hopes was that the podcast would help people to feel not so alone when they … Continue reading

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Review: Blacktime Song by Rosalie Wolfe, by Marylee Daniel Mitcham

We Mormons have very few postmodern bones in our bodies. Our idea of a good story is the  Latter-day Saint Voices section of the Ensign—450 words from conflict to resolution. We seem to abhor ambiguity, skipping the Isaiah chapters in … Continue reading

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Remembering Paul Swenson

From Medicare’s point of view, Paul Swenson’s 100-day recovery from the life-threatening infection that laid him low in August was probably money ill spent since he passed away only a few months after his release from care. But for me, … Continue reading

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Personal Narratives: Judgment

I’ve heard many people describe the Final Judgment as a kind of film festival where they sit with God and watch the movie of their life. But, taking my cue from Revelation 20:12, it seems to me that much of … Continue reading

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