Monthly Archives: April 2021

A Thought on Unruly Wisdom on a Writing Day

Today is a writing day. It astounds me that, as a writer, I find setting aside an entire 9-hour workday for writing difficult. Even today, there was a cat to feed, a fire to light, lunches to make, emails to … Continue reading

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Full Video of “Inklings of Imagination,” My Conversation in Romania with Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson and Malcolm Guite at the C.S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits Society

This was such an excellent afternoon–afternoon for me, but evening for the folks in Iași,  Romania and the hundreds of folks that joined us in 15 other nations in the world. The C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits Society has … Continue reading

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Lewis and Tolkien among American Evangelicals: Guest Post by G. Connor Salter (Lewis Scholarship Series)

This guest blog by G. Connor Salter is a response to a series of pieces called “Why is Tolkien Scholarship Stronger than Lewis Scholarship?” (see parts 1, 2, and 3). There are some deep conversations within the comments section of … Continue reading

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What if you were held accountable for every word you ever said?” Malcolm Guite on CBC’s Tapestry with Mary Hynes (Feature Friday)

I am part of a great session in Eastern Europe on imagination and the Inklings later today (7pm East Europe time; 12noon Eastern EST) with poet-theologian Malcolm Guite and George MacDonald scholar and life-rich resonator, Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson. You can … Continue reading

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Affirming Creation in the Lord of the Rings #earthday

Perhaps it isn’t that surprising that J.R.R. Tolkien’s books are so environmentally sensitive. Like Sam Gamgee, Tolkien loved things that grow and good tilled earth. He loved walks–long walks beyond his garden through English towns and villages and vast, untouched … Continue reading

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Join Me in Romania on Friday with Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson and Malcolm Guite: C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits

It is not often I am thinking about Eastern European time! However, this Friday, on April 23rd at 7 pm EEST, I will be speaking to the C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits Society, which has connections in Romania and … Continue reading

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Why is Tolkien Scholarship Stronger than Lewis Scholarship? Part 3: Other Factors

As I have been chest-deep in academic works about C.S. Lewis and at least knee-deep in the same kinds of J.R.R. Tolkien books and articles, I conceived of a thought experiment. Without even glancing at my bookshelf, I can name … Continue reading

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Help Me Find Video Resources for Undergrad Student Research, Writing, and Life

Dear teacherly friends and students of all descriptions, I am trying to create a resource bank of video tutorials and talks (and the odd short reading) to supplement the in-class student experience. Part of this is practical: I have a … Continue reading

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Why is Tolkien Scholarship Stronger than Lewis Scholarship? Part 2: Literary Breadth and Depth

For the last couple of weeks I have been looking at questions of C.S. Lewis scholarship, beginning with my own journey. As I am deep in a scholarly study, I decided to design a thought experiment. By creating a sort … Continue reading

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Near-Inkling Martyn Skinner’s Near-Future Pandemic Poem: A Reading by Dale Nelson

Old Rectory or The Interview by Martyn Skinner.  Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire: Michael Russell Ltd., 1984.  107 pages. Luke, known as Old Rectory, took up the hermit’s life many years ago, even before the time of the pandemic that sprang from … Continue reading

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