Monthly Archives: March 2015

Farewell Terry Pratchett

To say that I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is an understatement. Among the humorous fantasy writers, Terry Pratchett has pride of place. At his right and left hand are Douglas Adams in sheer satiric glory, and Neil Gaiman, … Continue reading

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On Being a Digital Leopard Frog

Imagine digital technologies in the Reptile Room at your local zoo or aquarium. I think there are three types of technology creatures in our culture zoo. Technology Turtles are our reptilian luddites. They withdraw from technological advancements into their hard shells … Continue reading

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Finding that Elusive Title: The Many Names of The Great Divorce

I am about 50/50 when it comes to titling my own work. Sometimes the title is patently obvious; other times it is a struggle to come up with a pithy phrase that captures what I’ve just written. I have one … Continue reading

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Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: A Review

Wow. What a book. I’m absolutely blown away. I haven’t read a story so elegantly written and yet so homely and comfortable. Gilead is theologically rich and so very personal and simple. It tugs the heart and helps the imagination find new … Continue reading

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The Stereotype of the Hypocritical Clergyman: Chaucer and Modern Film

“Of his appearance I have said enough”: so Chaucer concludes one of his pictorial caricatures of the pilgrims on the road in the Prologue of Canterbury Tales. These are playful, quick, and satirical descriptions of the “faithful” on the way. … Continue reading

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Love That Is Not Love: The Character of Pam in The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce begins not with characters but with caricatures. We begin with cartoons of a short man with a superiority complex, a cheated hysterical woman, a vacant liberal clergyman, a unisex couple–“both so trousered , slender, giggly and falsetto … Continue reading

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