Author Archives: Ed Snow

How I Succumbed to Critical Pressure and Recanted Osmondmania

I still remember the first time I heard “One Bad Apple” by the Osmonds on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40. I think it was fall, 1971, and I was doing some 6th grade homework on a Sunday night. I caught … Continue reading

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Mormon Clowns, Mimes and Puppets

Lest we forget the many sacrifices of certain of our Mormon artistic forebear(er?)s during the 1970s who pushed the envelope of gospel creativity, I now take a moment to honor them and their efforts. Yes, I’m talking about Mormon clowns, … Continue reading

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The Written Word’s Original Sin

As a deal lawyer, I have written, argued about, revised and finalized contracts for a living for the last 22 years. The irony is, the more experience I have, the greater my fear of making a mistake. I’m afraid of … Continue reading

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The Biggest Love of All

Brady Udall’s The Lonely Polygamist (TLP) left me in a love conundrum.

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Numinous Writings

After I had written my last AML blog post I realized two things: (a) I had forgotten to list Sweethearts among some of the best loved edible writings … ever, those adorable Valentine’s Day confections, those little tasty love “tweets” … Continue reading

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Eating Our Own Words

I’ve always found certain figures of speech involving language and texts interesting. We have “food for thought,” a phrase that goes beyond it’s mere equivalence to “thought provoking,” raising the reading experience to a taste sensation. We refer to “a … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Study of Spittle and Spitting in Latter-day Saint Thought and Practice

To date, no one has adequately explored spittle and spitting in the Mormon experience. This blog post is intended as an introduction to this studiously neglected topic and an invitation to the further exploration of it.

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Divine Sparks

It all started when Steve broke up with Carol around the fall of 1977. That every guy in my high school class wanted to date her was one of those truths held to be self-evident. She was funny, athletic and … Continue reading

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The Wag v. The Knave

Years ago when I wrote a column for AML-List, Ben Parkinson and I had several discussions about humor narrative voice, style and tone. As Ben pointed out to me, traditional literary humor usually required a sustained, single narrative voice throughout … Continue reading

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Mormon Letters … Literally

In the recent archaeological dig that was my attempt to reconstruct life in the 70s I found a sealed tomb, a treasure trove that had yet to be excavated: old issues of The New Era. I ordered several copies of … Continue reading

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