Author Archives: Jack Harrell

Mormon LitCrit: Public and Private Selves in Fiction

The latest issue of Irreantum features a fine essay by Doug Thayer entitled “About Serious Mormon Fiction.” One statement from Thayer moved me to think about the sources of fiction that might grow out of the Mormon experience. Thayer says … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Postmodernism and the Mormon Writer

Do you know the Brief Insights series of books? It’s similar to the Very Short Introductions series, in which a broad topic is covered in one concise, well-written volume. The many titles are as far-ranging as Kafka, Music, Existentialism, Literary … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Being Authentic

In August my wife and I went to see the rock band Rush in concert in Salt Lake City. For forty years Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have been making records and touring the world. Now in their … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Literary Standards

*Don’t forget to renew your subscription to Irreantum!  Our new issue just went to the printer.  Check it out here.* A few weeks ago, a family member asked me a question. “Okay,” she said, “tell me one more time … … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: Time Is On Our Side

In 1964 The Rolling Stones had a hit with the song “Time is on my Side.” You know the tune. In the lyrics, the speaker talks about a girl who’s playing the field. He says, “You’re searching for good times, … Continue reading

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