Monthly Archives: February 2013

Creating New Historical Narratives; or, Why We Should Be Writing More Mormon Historical Fiction

Mormons have a long history with the historical novel. Early in the twentieth century, for example, writers like Susa Young Gates and Nephi Anderson used the historical novel to create a romanticized version of the Mormon past for post-Manifesto readers … Continue reading

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In Tents #26 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part IV

As I was finishing last month’s post I had one of those sudden strokes of intelligence Joseph Smith talked about, and want to expand on it this month, but first some background. In summer 1975 my mother went on a … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, February 24, 2013

Besides the Orson Scott Card controversy, it has been a fairly quite couple of weeks. Jennifer Nielsen’s The False Prince won a “Cybils”, and made it on the NYT best seller list for the first time. Kiersten White is starting … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card and homosexuality

I was planning on including the news about this controversy in my Week in Review, but I got interested enough to spin it out into its own post. I’ll post the Week in Review tomorrow. Orson Scott Card has two … Continue reading

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The Ending of the Wheel of Time

Of course, as any fan of the series knows, this blog post’s title is an oxymoron: there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time.  But the Wheel of Time series of books has reached … Continue reading

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Four Thoughts on Love and Desire

The headline I saw on Google News read, “Kate Upton says body shut down after Antarctic bikini shoot.” Beside it were various thumbnail photos of an almost-naked young woman in various poses against the tundra. I’d imagine her body was … Continue reading

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Whitney Finalists 2012: Initial Thoughts

In case you haven’t heard, the finalists for the 2012 Whitney Awards were announced last Friday. Over at Segullah, Emily has already posted some of her thoughts about the finalists, so I thought I’d post a few of my initial … Continue reading

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Terryl Givens: The Mormon C.S. Lewis

Having just finished Teryl and Fiona Givens’ masterful The God Who Weeps last night, I’m still digesting the impact the slim but powerfully wrought volume is having on my thought, inner life, and worldview. In conjunction with other work I … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Two weeks ago my oldest son was feeding the dogs. They are big dogs, HUGE dogs (Newfies), and they love Ben so much they can’t help but want to climb all over him. Unfortunately, it was an icy day, and … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, February 9, 2013

The Whitney Awards Finalists were announced. I made late discoveries of 2012 YA novels by Martine Leavitt and Lana Krumwiede that were well reviewed. Martine Leavitt in particular received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. Two Mormon-authored … Continue reading

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