Tag Archives: myth

The Tolkien Letters that Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life (On Tolkien’s Birthday)

Today is J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday. Born on January 3, 1892, he would be 127 today if he had been a longliver or immortal. To celebrate the occasion I decided to reblog my most popular Tolkien post. Tolkien’s work has made many … Continue reading

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Wintersmith: Terry Pratchett’s Mythic Showdown and a Good Winter Read

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love the Tiffany Aching character within Terry Pratchett‘s imaginative and expansive Discworld, though I found this book a little slow in the middle. Though anatomy majors will do better, … Continue reading

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The Sea a Sham Born of Uniformity: On Subverting the Normal with Gene Wolfe (Throwback Thursday)

This year I introduced an occasional feature I call “Throwback Thursday.” This is where I find a blog post from the past–raiding either my own vault or someone else’s–and throw it back out into the digital world. This might be … Continue reading

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Why Did Star Wars Stick? #MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDay

It’s an interesting question. Cheesy lines, over-the-top acting, zippers up the back of the monster’s costume–how many films just like it have found their way into the Betamax bins of history? Yet, Star Wars lives–not only lives, but thrives, growing … Continue reading

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9/11 and Mythology

Based on the number of brochures that governments and non-profit groups produce, I suspect that most people are under the delusion that people operate out of beliefs. Know→Believe→Do, this is the way that the brochure-makers and moral pundits understand the … Continue reading

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Between Mars and Malacandra, Fantasy and Real Life (A Friday Feature Visit to the Vault)

This is a post from 5 years ago that I still quite like. What interested Lewis about planets as a literary backdrop was not their physical properties but their mythical properties—both how they worked in classical and medieval mythology, and how … Continue reading

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George Watson’s Provocative Comments on C.S. Lewis as Literary Critic

One of the advantages of finding new libraries is that the librarian’s skill of book-buying is more art than science. The librarians I know, despite their adept use of analytics, have as much curator or architect in them as they … Continue reading

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