Category Archives: The Populist’s Soapbox

The Populist’s Soapbox

This is my first post for the AML, and as I was considering what I might write, a glorious revelation came to me. I can write about ANYTHING I want. I write for two other blogs, my own personal blog, … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Tolle Lege, This My Body

Tolle Lege, This My Body If a metaphor is successful it becomes transparent. It dies, so to speak, except no one speaks so. We know a mummy was once a living person, and when I see Joseph’s face at the … Continue reading

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Announcement: AML Blog Slots

Hi all! I’ve been asked by the AML board to take over coordination of the AML blog. I’m posting to ask for suggestion and throw out some ideas for how we — that’s us here at AML, but also hopefully … Continue reading

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Storytelling & Community: Don’t Judge Them to Death

On my way home from teaching, I pass an empty lot in the middle of my town’s business district. The local funeral home rents the space and posts one of those Clever-Saying signs that usually adorn the parking lots of … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: My Reading, My Quirks

I’m a firm believer that to be a good writer, you must read, and read a lot. I don’t read nearly as fast as many people do, but I manage to get in 60 – 70 books a year. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: “Clean” vs. Kid-Friendly

Recently my good friend Heather (H. B.) Moore received a rather scathing review of one of her books. Apparently the reviewer had bought the audio version  and had it playing in the car during a family trip. She was horrified … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: LDS Fiction: It’s Not Just LDS Anymore

Last week a Deseret News reporters interviewed me about Band of Sisters and the Flat Daddy Project. I’ve done several interviews recently, but this particular reporter asked something no one had yet. Her question, and my answer to it, have … Continue reading

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Storytelling & Community: Rudolf the green nosed reindeer

Our ward Christmas program was essentially a talent show. We had refreshments, of course, and a tree and Santa showed up at the end, but mostly, we all performed for each other. I’ve always thought that much of James Arrington’s … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: Not Milton or Shakespeare, But Working on It

I’ll be the first to admit that the body of literature written by Latter-day Saints hasn’t yet reached the classic prophecy of Orson F. Whitney that we’d have “Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” On the other hand, we’ve come … Continue reading

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