Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Mormon Literature Year In Review. Part 1, National fiction

Time again for my Year in Review. Part 1 will cover nationally published fiction. Next week’s Part 2 will cover the Mormon market and independently published fiction. Juvenile Fiction The 2012 Mormon-authored book which received the greatest cumulative critical and … Continue reading

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in verse # 24 : appointed to be read in churches

All poetry is appointed to be read in churches; not all verse is.  There is a long history of verse in English, in German, in Russian — probably in every language — written to be read in toilets, in taverns, … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of (Mormon) Gray: A Review of Moriah Jovan’s “Magdalene”

My experience is limited when it comes to romance novels. I remember as a kid always seeing them on the shelves at grocery stores. Their covers were fairly standard: massive pectorals, cleavage, and yards of lush fabric and flowing hair. … Continue reading

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In Tents #24 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part II

By any measure the story of Jesus and Pilate is not flattering to Pilate, or to Rome. To see why take the elements of the story and move them to another time. A judge or military commander who says to … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, December 21, 2012

Merry almost-Christmas! There is lots going on this fortnight. Three Christmas plays are finishing their runs in Utah this weekend, with Javen Tanner’s This Bird of Dawning Singeth All Night Long looking especially enticing. Four new films have recently been … Continue reading

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Needful Opposition: Addressing Conflict and Controversy in Mormon History Plays

How to present Mormon History has often been a sensitive thing within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Especially with the understandable impulse to protect the faith and culture of an entire people, it can be tempting to … Continue reading

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