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Comment on Interview: Author and former Irreantum editor Christopher Bigelow by thmazing

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:11:10 +0000

. Wow. This feels so long ago.



Comment on Interview: Author and former Irreantum editor Christopher Bigelow by Irreantum, Issue #1, March 1999. Magazine of the Association for Mormon Letters | Dawning of a Brighter Day

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:57:12 +0000

[…] talked about his time as editor of Irreantum in this A Motley Vision interview, done in 2004, soon after he stepped down from the position. Bigelow also co-founded the Mormon […]



Comment on You’re looking for a book by Theric Jepson

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:39:56 +0000

. With Chaim Potok in mind, I would still recommend the Clark, Anderson, and Peterson books. I love Chaim Potok, but I think sometimes we Mormons see more in him because he isn't us than we are willing to see in our own writers. What specifically about Potok is she looking for? Young male protagonist? Conflict between characters of lesser and greater orthodoxy? Realism tinted with optimism? Protagonists remaining true to their understanding of their faith when those around them accuse them of betrayal? Back to my point in the first paragraph, if one person wants a fair representation of Utah Mormons, they'll ask for a different book than the person who wants a depiction of Mormons that's not so Utah. I don't think this is a matter of someone finally writing a book like Potok. It's more an issue of reading enough candidates that one finds a book that approximates your feelings for Potok. If that's possible, given he's talking about a people the Mormon reader doesn't know as well as her own. Sorry, if this sounds snippy. I don't mean it that way. Just after a lot (a lot) of conversations with fellow Mormon readers, it's a pretty honest analysis.



Comment on You’re looking for a book by acw

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:57:35 +0000

My daughter just asked for a college friend: "If you could give a nonmember one work of fiction that you’d feel represents accurately the church, its members, and its culture, what would it be?" And I don't have a good answer and am not sure any of the above are it either. We still don't have our Chaim Potok--but any additional thoughts to add to that list with that question in mind?



Comment on Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars by Th.

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:50:01 +0000

. You're certainly welcome, Lee. Sharing stuff that would be obscure to others is a basic human responsibility, I think.



Comment on Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars by Lee Allred

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:40:56 +0000

I'm here for the Jell-O recipes. No, wait. That's another blog. Seriously, thanks, Th. Interesting review on something that otherwise would have flown completely under my radar.



Comment on Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars by Th.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:57:13 +0000

. Oh good. Glad I can count on you.



Comment on Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars by William Morris

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:55:34 +0000

I'm here for Mormon misreadings/strong readings--even where there is no evidence that a Mormon reading might be warranted.



Comment on Sundry Moldy Solecisms #5 The Drown’ed Book by Mahonri Stewart, (play review) by Theric Jepson

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:35:12 +0000

. Props to Mahonri for always moving forward.



Comment on Sundry Moldy Solecisms #5 The Drown’ed Book by Mahonri Stewart, (play review) by Mahonri

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:40:05 +0000

Thanks so much, Harlow! I actually have never seen or read March Tale, but I love Tim Slover's work.