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William Morris’ Nonsense from Nowhere

One of C.S. Lewis’ great literary conversation partners was William Morris. Lewis wrote literary criticism about him beginning in his first collection of essays (Rehabilitations, 1939, now in Selected Literary Essays). In that early literary essay, delivered first to the … Continue reading

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Fun With Stats 1: Lessons on Growth from 5 Years of Blogging

One of the critical advantages of WordPress is that it offers the blogger tools for calculating their impact. It is also one of its critical weaknesses as the analytics are limited to daily visitor and hit counts, as well as … Continue reading

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The Real Problem with Teached Helplessness

On Tuesday I posted an article called “12 Loving Ways You Can Ruin Your Kid’s Career,” which has gotten a bit of chatter. Most readers understood pretty clearly the satire. There is a lot of talk these days about the problems … Continue reading

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Is Nicolas Old Enough for “The Maze Runner”?

This was our family discussion this morning–a good thing, since our family discussion is usually filled we these phrases: “Where are my mitts?” “Shoot, I forgot to make lunches.” “We’re late!” “Oh, I forgot! I need a scale-sized model of the … Continue reading

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I Need Help With “I,” Or Thoughts on Literary Segregation and the 1st Person Narrative

This post is part of an ongoing series Called Writing Wednesdays. I would love your comments below! It’s hard to know where some prejudices develop. My bias against bad drivers—something we Prince Edward Islanders specialize in—came to me slowly. I’m … Continue reading

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What are Readers Actually Reading? Fantasy in America

Bestseller lists can tell us a lot about the books people buy, but they might not tell us as much about what books people actually read. Genre fiction, from Fantasy to Mysteries to Romance, is typically off the radar of … Continue reading

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Wormwood Reborn? A Screwtapian Look at The Gates by John Connolly (Hell Series Part 1)

One of the great perks as a university teacher is that I am constantly in conversation with students about good books. While this occasionally gets me into conversations about Twilight (which I read with great effort) and Hunger Games (which … Continue reading

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