Category Archives: Community Voices

Mormons and American Literature Anthologies: An Exercise in Optimism

In the last forty years, the American literary canon has changed dramatically. If you go back to Norton American literature anthologies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, you’ll notice that most of the writers are white men, a dozen … Continue reading

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The Cranky Curmudgeon: I Got Nothin’

Problem is that there really is a lot of meh out there. Not good, not bad, just…meh. Entropy seems to be working. I don’t believe in negative reviews, so I won’t mention any names (to protect the guilty), but in the end a lot of my recent reading has filled me with a colossal sense of “so what?” 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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A Community of (Mormon) Readers

The best conversations are the ones where you get a chance both to share your own views and to rethink them in response to what other people say. That’s the kind of experience I had with my recent AML blog … Continue reading

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I Can’t Do That…

It becomes very easy to see your own gaps of talent, to identify the admirable in others and despair at its relative lack in your own work. We seek to be Miltons and Shakespeares, and in so doing sometimes fail to recognize how successfully we cover much of the same ground by somewhat different means. Continue reading

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In Memoriam: R. W. Rasband

We note with sadness the passing of Ray Walter (R. W.) Rasband, on April 2, 2013, after a long battle with kidney disease.  He was 54. R. W. was a frequent commenter and reviewer on AML-list back to at least … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Plures: From Many, (also) Many

Most of us count ourselves members of many communities, and feel both affinity with the totality of the community and distinction from many of its individual members. It’s the nature of the beast; we are complex beings with complex interests, so we pursue multiple memberships in communities of interest.

Except when we don’t. Continue reading

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LTUE and the Mormon SF&F Community

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going back to Utah to attend the 31st iteration of Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. My pleasure in attending was … Continue reading

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Terryl Givens: The Mormon C.S. Lewis

Having just finished Teryl and Fiona Givens’ masterful The God Who Weeps last night, I’m still digesting the impact the slim but powerfully wrought volume is having on my thought, inner life, and worldview. In conjunction with other work I … Continue reading

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One Writer’s View: Confessions of a Reluctant Novelist

I was once considered a promising writer. I had written more than 150 short stories. Then it happened. The horrible realization that sapped my strength and crushed my heart and left me dazed and disoriented and despondent. I was a fake. A fraud. A pretender. I was not the spinner of brief tales I had always seen myself as.

I was not a short story writer at all. It seemed I was a natural novelist—an entirely different animal. Continue reading

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