Monthly Archives: June 2013

Meeting the Oddest Inkling: The Early Letters of C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams

I have been reading the newly minted blog, The Oddest Inkling, by American Charles Williams scholar and past Pilgrim guest blogger Sørina Higgins. As I’ve been following the first few posts, I’ve also been reading through C.S. Lewis’ letters, and … Continue reading

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A Prophetic Warning from H.G. Wells, or Object Lessons on the Way

H.G. Wells amazes me. In the first seven years of his public writing career, he created some of his most well known works, including: The Time Machine (1895) The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) The Invisible Man (1897) The War … Continue reading

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The Peculiar Inspiration of Hilliard Graves

I have in my office a secret writing shrine. It isn’t much really—just some notes from editors, some acceptance and rejection letters, some writing notes from projects, a few photocopies of first lines from novels or inspirational art, and some … Continue reading

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It’s Like the Academy Awards, Except Without that Academy Part

Well, there might be a few other differences too. But, nonetheless, I have been tagged with the Liebster Award, indicating that I have captured the hearts of dozens.  The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers with fewer … Continue reading

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Natural Food for the Imagination, or Growing Up on Books

One of my pleasurable memories of childhood was of my mother waking me up very late one night. She had just returned from a business trip and she had bought me a book. I can no longer remember what that … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Charles Williams by Sørina Higgins of “The Oddest Inkling”

Originally posted on The Oddest Inkling:
Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) is the unjustly neglected third member of the Inklings, after C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He was a British poet, novelist, literary critic, editor, lecturer, biographer, Anglican Christian, and…

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What are Readers Actually Reading? Fantasy in America

Bestseller lists can tell us a lot about the books people buy, but they might not tell us as much about what books people actually read. Genre fiction, from Fantasy to Mysteries to Romance, is typically off the radar of … Continue reading

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