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Comment on Science fiction “invested” in Mormonism: FIVE FICTIONS by Rachel Helps

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:25 +0000

looks like it was at least partially published in the Relief Society Magazine via

Comment on “It is the Myth That Gives Life”: C.S. Lewis and True Myth by Margaret Fauchelle

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:11:32 +0000

Thank you much for this thoughtful article

Comment on Mormons mourning Postum: a consumer culture post by M Bissonnette

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:04:23 +0000

You can buy it online.

Comment on On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy by Patricia Karamesines

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:08:56 +0000

Wow, Tyler. First, thank you for your kind words of acknowledgement. I have been in need of encouragement, and they encourage me! Second, your written language carries both clarity and reach--reach, in the sense of reaching across to an audience, in your offering an exchange, in seeking to create a shared space. Third, your focus on performance and oral tradition as "a moral act" (Conquergood) is itself an ancient wisdom worthy of carrying forward in continuance of a vital communal tradition that in a noisy, distraction-thickened world is at risk. I'm delighted to see you taking light from that torch and running with it. The prospect of your dissertation becoming embooked excites me. I look forward to it. Your 19 pages released here remind me of John D. Niles's Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature, the work where I first came upon the concept of the "maysie". Perhaps you've read it. In a chapter called "Somatic Communication", Niles remarks that storytellers, or "tradition-bearers", "are not passive purveyors of texts.... They are specialists in wordpower, or what early speakers of English called the /giedd/. They demonstrate what happens in those moments when strong communication exists between a performer and his or her audience, bridging people's separate identities and sparking recognition of their common character or fate. That this power--one that can accrue to language in any medium, not just song or voiced speech--is mysteriously enhanced by physical presence of the speaker is one of the substantial discoveries to which fieldwork can lead." Intense moments of sending and receiving between a physically present performer and an audience, one of Niles's study subjects called the "maysie". Anyway, your focus on Caldiero's sonosphony calls to mind Niles's insights into oral performance focused on Anglo-Saxon works, though I like your writing style better. I have now set aside a place on my shelf ready for your book, when it swells the rest of the way into being.

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.