Author Archives: Jessie Christensen

How to Write a Bad Book Review

There was one other Mormon girl in my grade at my high school. We were actually really close friends, but the way we publicly approached our membership in the Church was very different. My friend was the type who asked … Continue reading

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Whitney Finalists 2013: First Impressions

The finalists for the 2013 Whitney Awards were announced last Friday and people are already talking about who was included, who wasn’t, and which books are likely to be winners. As I did last year, I’m going to share a … Continue reading

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Reading Resolutions

As soon as the calendar changed to December 31st, posts began appearing in my Facebook and blog feeds from friends detailing their reading for 2013. Some had set goals to read a certain number of pages; others had set goals … Continue reading

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Mormon Cinema is dead! Long live Mormon Cinema!

The premiere of God’s Army and the subsequent brief flowering and fading of Mormon Cinema coincided with a particular moment in my intellectual development. When I saw the movie, I had just returned from my mission, and the existence of … Continue reading

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“This was not the way it was supposed to go”: Unfulfilled Expectations in Ryan McIlvain’s Elders

Spoiler alert: I couldn’t write this post without talking about the entire novel, so if you don’t want to know the ending consider yourself warned. A little more than halfway through Ryan McIlvain’s novel Elders, Elder McLeod meets with his … Continue reading

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The Shibboleths of Mormon Aesthetics

A few weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine published an article about the animation program at BYU, which has been gaining a positive national reputation for both the films it produces and the quality of its graduates. If you … Continue reading

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Whitney Finalists 2012: Final Thoughts

Three months ago I wrote a post with some of my initial thoughts on the 2012 Whitney Award finalists. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to read 25 books in three months and I wondered … Continue reading

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Art and Literature at the AML Conference

This past Saturday I attended the annual AML Conference. It was a great day; I always love the chance to meet people in person that I have mostly corresponded with electronically, and the panels I attended were filled with new … Continue reading

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Searching for a Markus Zusak of Our Own

Today over at Motley Vision, William posted an excerpt from an Ensign article about LDS literature published in 1981 by Richard Cracroft. This sentence in particular caught my eye: Many of the sweetest messages of life are subtle, and the … 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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