Monthly Archives: December 2013

This Week in Mormon Literature, December 28, 2013

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Covenant release 2013 Best Seller lists. I caught up on a few books that had slipped through the cracks this year. I should have the National Year in Review out next week, and the Mormon … Continue reading

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in verse #36 : For I will consider Christopher Smart

Anyone might consider him smart, for that matter.  He was well educated in Greek and Latin as a schoolboy, attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, earned many scholarships (most for scholarship), was widely published both as a poet and as an essayist, … Continue reading

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Christmas Stories Story

. I brought back A Christmas Carol this year after a three-year hiatus. It was a middling success. Perhaps my kids are still too young to follow Dickens’s sentences. Of course, we did Luke 2 last night, like every Christmas … Continue reading

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Wise Men

In honor of the season, I’m going to talk about “Wise Men.” Back in 2008, a Catholic friend of mine was having trouble understanding why God waited until only 6000 years ago to introduce himself to humanity, when so much … Continue reading

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Abandoning the Field or Fighting the Good Fight: Ethics in Business, the Arts, and Hollywood

Although I doubt it was really targeted specifically for me, I received a family e-mail the other day with an article that the Deseret News published about Scott Ditty, a Mormon actor trying to make his way in Hollywood. Ditty … Continue reading

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Hope, Horror, and Context

Zombie lore is founded on the idea of thoughtless, mindless pseudo-people seeking to steal precious life—to no apparently constructive purpose. The twin terror of insatiable hunger and relentless pursuit by a foe that cannot be reasoned with speaks to an ultimate horror of battle that must be waged, but can never be won. If the battle of ideas can never be won, then I’m perfectly justified in characterizing the opposition as mindless, vapid, or unthinking, and casually dismissing them en masse.

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The Business Side of Writing: December Slowdown and the Human Side of Publishing

This holiday season, I will once more step away from the technicalities and legalities of contracts and publishing deals. Instead I’ll focus on a simple fact that I’m often surprised people don’t remember, and this is a good time of … Continue reading

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This Month in Mormon Literature, December 2013

Many Best Book of 2013 lists have been released. Brandon Sanderson’s three 2013 novels appeared all over the young adult lists, including in the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2013 and winning an Audible Audience Favorite for Audiobook … Continue reading

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Time for Whitney Nominations!

So, you’ve complained about previous years’ Whitney Awards? The book you liked didn’t even make it to finalist status? Well, now is the time to help correct that! ’Tis the season — anytime between now and Dec. 31 of this … Continue reading

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Players, by Thomas F. Rogers

Thomas F. Rogers, Nov. 2013 Editor’s Note: A former director of the BYU Honors Program, Thomas F. Rogers is professor emeritus of Russian language and literature at Brigham Young University and the author of more than a score of plays, … Continue reading

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