Category Archives: On Writing

Murder in the Morning

Crows mock the coming of the day heckling every suggestion of light filling every inch of naked twig on bare poplar flung dangerously to the sky and on leafless maples which in summer or fall are watercolour forms of things children … Continue reading

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New Approaches to Academic Writing: An Unusual Marking Note for a Good Student

I am at that time of year when the marking pile on my desk is higher than my laptop screen. Like a fool, each year, I go into the marking expecting great things. So far, I have never had a … Continue reading

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The Canon of Fantasy Literature (An Impossiblog)

This is an impossible blog–an impossiblog, if you will. I have been thinking a lot about the literary canon lately. We have a pretty good sense of who to read to capture the breadth of literary fiction in the West … Continue reading

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The Shocking Reason Tolkien Finished The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien was a notoriously difficult writer to get to print. That The Hobbit found its way to store shelves was something of a publishing miracle, and it took Tolkien 15 years to write part two, “the new Hobbit,” which we … Continue reading

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Is Narnia an Allegory?

No. It’s not. While tempted to leave it at that and produce the shortest blog of history, I think it is important to let the Narnian himself address the question. C.S. Lewis was, after all, a literary scholar who had … Continue reading

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2015: A Year of Reading: The Infographic

On Wednesday I posted an extensive write-up of my year of reading, including some pretty nerdy charts and numerous links to blogs that have come out of or gone into my reading. I thought it would be fun to include … Continue reading

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A Lament for the Loss of Young Teachers

Last week I wrote a post about the problems of the lack of women in academic publishing, using my favourite publisher, Zondervan, as a test case for the conversation. Senior editor Katya Covrett responded, setting the problem of academic publishing … Continue reading

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