Monthly Archives: July 2021

Weekend Events: Mythcon 51: A Virtual Halfling Myth (Still Time To Register!) + Colin Duriez on “Death, Dante, and Dorothy Sayers”

Mythcon 51: A Virtual Halfling Mythcon (Jul 31-Aug 1, 2021) Out of the disarray and disruption of COVID19, fan gatherings and academic conferences have done a solid job of reinventing themselves. Recent Mythmoot and Tolkien Society conferences have been quite … Continue reading

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The Thing about Riding Centaurs: A Note on Narnia, Harry Potter, Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles, and the Black Stallion

As a child reading in a bed surrounded by acres of horse-less fields, I was completely taken up by the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. Marooned survivors of a shipwreck, city kid Alec Ramsay befriends an untameable stallion, whom he … Continue reading

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Three Myths Retold: Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles, Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad, and C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces

While I love the Odyssey, I always dread returning to The Iliad. I just find all the war and posturing and characters to be ash and dust and thorn for me, just weariness and work and pain. The moments of greatness within … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman is Still a (Super Creative and Awesome-to-behold Writerly) Jerk, with thoughts on The Graveyard Book (Throwback Thursday)

At A Pilgrim in Narnia, we have an occasional feature called “Throwback Thursday.” By raiding either my own blog-hoard or someone else’s, I find an article or review from the past and throw it back out into the digital world. … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman’s Introduction to The Screwtape Letters, Marvel Comics Edition

Last week I published a review essay on a delightful and problematic Marvel adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. In “Double Irony, Visual Delight, and a Missed Opportunity: The Screwtape Letters Marvel Comic Book,” I praised the adaptation for … Continue reading

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“Ursula K. Le Guin: Worldbuilder” Signum University Course (and a peek at the fall catalogue)

I am pleased to announce that I am part of a team delivering a course at Signum University this fall on Ursula K. Le Guin: Worldbuilder. Prof. Kris Swank, PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, is delivering a series … Continue reading

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Double Irony, Visual Delight, and a Missed Opportunity: The Screwtape Letters Marvel Comic Book

Last December, I was the recipient of a “Screwtape Christmas Miracle.” From some unknown person of no doubt elfin origin, I received the Marvel Comics version of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. This 1994 Charles E. Hall graphic novel adaptation of … Continue reading

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