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The Words C.S. Lewis Made Up: Jollification, Uglification, and the Miserific Vision

We all know C.S. Lewis as the Narnian, but behind the children’s work was his experience as a teacher of English literature, a writer about the history of literary movements, and a tinker in other forms of fiction. In that tinkering, … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Philosophical Letters About Mice (for Susan Call Hutchison)

I posted on Monday about a cheeky poem that Lewis wrote about Talking Beasts. You can read about it here. One of our long-term readers here at A Pilgrim in Narnia, Susan Call Hutchison, responded by saying how she loved … Continue reading

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The Real Order to Read Narnia: A Third Way

When my son and I sat down to go through Narnia together, perhaps when he was 7 and 8, I had no doubt that we would read them as C.S. Lewis wrote them–the Published Order. That means starting with The … Continue reading

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“Into the Region of Awe” by David C. Downing: A Review

For some time I have suspected that David Downing was on to something here. Part of what I’m doing in researching C.S. Lewis is to see what is at the core of who he was as a Christian—not just what … Continue reading

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Great First Lines

Anyone who writes knows how hard we work on the first line. It’s not that we are trying to live up to all the great first lines. It doesn’t matter how many best of times-worst of times stories we write, … Continue reading

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Telling it Slant: The Problem With Writing Conversions

Oranges and Archie I never went to church much growing up. There was a little white church a mile or so from my house that gave out free oranges and Christian Archie comic books at Christmastime, so sometimes I would … Continue reading

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My Santa Manifesto (Santa: Don’t Read This!)

This article appeared first in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of Island Family Magazine. Few figures stir up as much controversy in certain circles as Santa Claus. You may find it hard to imagine why this jolly old elf inspires any … Continue reading

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