Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mormon Characters in Mormon Literature

I recently finished reading THE SCHOLAR OF MOAB, by Steven L. Peck, which received the AML Novel Award for last year, and I want to say, first of all, that the writing in this book is wonderful. The characters are … Continue reading

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Moderating AML Blog

Most of the time, moderating the AML blog is a fairly easy job. I line up potential contributors, then send out reminder notices. I help out every now and then when people having difficulty posting. (To the limit of my … Continue reading

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2004 Mormon Literature Year in Review

I am continuing to republish the Mormon Literature Year In Review columns which I first posted on the AML-list discussion list. Here are my 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 reviews. 2004 Mormon literature year in review Prose Fiction 2004 was … Continue reading

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in verse # 19 : a hideous and intolerable allegory

One of the books I took with me to Seoul, Randy Lopez goes home,[i] proves that allegory and fable are alive and well in twenty-first century American literature.  Two newspaper clippings I’ve been carrying around since May 8th prove that … Continue reading

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Agency, Influence, Accountability, and the Mormon Artist

Since last Friday’s mass-shooting at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, fingers have pointed in many directions. In a New York Times op-ed, for example, film critic Roger Ebert joins others in blaming the gun lobby and “paranoid … Continue reading

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In Tents # 18 Pilate’s Trial before Jesus Part 4

In 1979, shortly before the end of my mission my father sent me a letter saying that the bishop of the BYU 29th ward, which he had been serving as high councilor, was being released and the high councilor called. … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, July 21, 2012

This week, a series on how Mormon teen literature presents to girls ideas about their bodies, Walter Kirn reflects on his time as a Mormon, and new books by Card and Dashner. Please send any additions or corrections to mormonlit AT gmail DOT … Continue reading

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A Bucketload of Felgercarb

I remember loving the original Battlestar Galactica TV series back when I was a kid.  I even read Glen A. Larson’s novelization of the pilot episode.  One of the things I remembered even years later was the euphemistic expletive “felgercarb.” … Continue reading

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Film Review: _Unicorn City_ is Quick, Quirky and Quite Good

Unicorn City Trailer Unicorn City has played the independent film festival circuit over the last year and had a limited theatrical release in Utah. It has won some honors as it has traveled the circuit, including a couple of Best … Continue reading

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Reader/Writer Connection: Get the Easy Stuff Right

It’s happened to all of us. We’re reading a story and a detail leaps out and slaps us in the face because we know that it’s just not true, and that even cursory research would have shown the folly of the claim. As a reader that drives me nuts because it breaks the illusion and jars me out of the story; it makes me wonder how many other details the author got wrong and undermines my trust in the story. As a writer I know that we sometimes play a little loose with certain facts to accomplish another literary task. Continue reading

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