Monthly Archives: October 2013

In Tents #34 How Long Can Still Waters Keep Running Deep?

Explain this saying: “Still waters run deep.” The saying means that we shouldn’t put down people who are quiet. Their stillness doesn’t mean they lack depth. It compares such people to a river. When a river is shallow it runs … Continue reading

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in verse # 34 : a different Blake

If William Blake is the father of contemporary American free verse, Emily Dickinson is surely its mother.  But hold on, I hear you say, wasn’t that father Walt Whitman?  Well, maybe he was the godfather.  And I am aware of … Continue reading

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Second Anniversary of Fire in the Pasture

. This month, Tyler Chadwick‘s masterfully constructed anthology—unquestionably the finest poetry anthology in, like, ever.* Besides his stellar work as editor, you have the complicated but beautiful book design by Elizabeth Beeton, the now iconic cover painting by Casey Jex Smith, … Continue reading

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A Way to Think about “Faithful Realism”

“Faithful Realism” is a term Richard Cracroft coined for the Encyclopedia of Mormonism (1992) to describe the works of “Mormon writers [who] are both faithful Latter-day Saints and skilled writers.” Several years later, in his introduction to Tending the Garden: … Continue reading

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When Good Report Fails

I’ve always been a big fan of the last line of the thirteenth Article of Faith — “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” So lists, reviews, and recommendations are … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, October 21, 2013

The Saratov Approach is the most critically appreciated Mormon-themed movie we have seen in several years, and it looks like it is doing well in its limited opening in Utah. Lots of new national YA books this week, and a … Continue reading

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The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia

When I interviewed Larry Correia a couple of months ago, I had read some of his Monster Hunter International books, but I had not read any of the Grimnoir Chronicles series.  I didn’t know much about the series, but based … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Rights of First Refusal

My topic this month is something that any business person should be familiar with, only a lot of writers aren’t business people. Many of them have never negotiated a contract and are unaware that once they sell a book, they … Continue reading

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The Mormon Stories Book Club: A Short Response

I was unable to post last week because of a technology SNAFU that kept me from logging on. Thanks to Jonathan, I am now able to post what I wanted to post last week: a short response to two recent … Continue reading

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