Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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A Year of Reading

It might be a first, but I managed to keep one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. In January, I resolved to read 50 books or articles related to my research and writing on C.S. Lewis, and I hit … Continue reading

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The Inside is Bigger than the Outside: A Christmas Thought from Narnia for Our World Too

“Always winter and never Christmas.” This is the condition where we first discover Narnia in The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is not so much blanketed in white as smothered in it, frozen by it. Anyone in my … Continue reading

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My Santa Manifesto (Santa: Don’t Read This!)

This article appeared first in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of Island Family Magazine. Few figures stir up as much controversy in certain circles as Santa Claus. You may find it hard to imagine why this jolly old elf inspires any … Continue reading

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Drawing the Hobbit

I am ashamed to admit I have yet to see Peter Jackson’s first installment of The Hobbit, and it has been out for four days. The purists among my colleagues, blogmates, and digital friends are horrified at Jackson’s adaptation. Many … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’s Faerie Lecture, and a Prince Edward Island Folktale

C.S. Lewis gave a lecture on Faeries at the oldest and (arguably) most prestigious university in the English world. He did this lecture often, and he did it with a straight face. It is, of course, perfectly normal for universities … Continue reading

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Do I Pass David J. Parker’s “Fantasy Novelist’s Exam”?

I follow There and Draft Again: A Fellowship of Fantasy Writers. As is clear by their title, they are writers who draw from stream of fantasy literature that Tolkien and a few of his friends carved out of the rocky … Continue reading

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