Monthly Archives: November 2013

in verse #35 : Blake our guide

Dante chose as his guide through Hell and Purgatory his great predecessor Virgil, the greatest of the Latin epic poets.  But when he came to the gates of Heaven, Virgil could not enter, and the pure Beatrice became his guide … Continue reading

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Thankful for five

. ‘Tis the time of year we engage in exercises of our gratitudinal capacity. I though I would share five books that have shaped my conceptions of Mormon literature for the better. I encourage you to share your own beloved … Continue reading

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The New Mormon Fiction*

For the past two years or so I have been reading Mormon novels as literary efforts to reconcile Mormonism’s utopian ideals of social betterment and radical world reform with its desire to be recognized and accepted as a mainstream participant … Continue reading

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In Tents #35 And the Cruse of Oil Failed Not to Trouble the Waters

  Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  (John 5.7) Last month I ended with a contrast between metaphors and puns, … Continue reading

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Mither Mages

Orson Scott Card has often taken aspects of LDS belief and used them to build stories: the life of Joseph Smith for the Alvin Maker series, the events of the Book of Mormon in the Homecoming saga, and so on.  … Continue reading

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Behold, Ye Are Fallen: The Case for Mormon Tragedy

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, the narrator, historian, and namesake of one of Mormonism’s most sacred texts, has just witnessed the downfall and near obliteration of his people. As he contemplates the carnage and the waste of … Continue reading

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Mine Eyes Have Seen…Differently

While spending the day with friends in Salt Lake City recently, I had the chance to visit a small park on the northeast side of the city at the base of university hill, just diagonal from Trolley Square. It’s called … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Good Business Relationships, a Case Study

This month’s post is going to be different from the norm. Rather than talk about business and legal aspects of writing in theory, I’m going to tell a true experience I’ve had and relate the principles behind the decisions I … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

I learned to read books out loud after going on a vacation with my grandparents and listening to Grandma read books to Grandpa all the way through Nevada and into California. I spelled her off every hour or so, but … Continue reading

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This Week in Mormon Literature, November 9, 2013

The release of the film adaption of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is the big news of the week. Reviews are mixed, generally people think parts feel rushed, but rate it at least a competent adaption. Some of the reviewers … Continue reading

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