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Mormon literature and culture

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Comment on Artists and Doctrine & Covenants section 58 by bill b

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:45:55 +0000

A thoughtful consideration of the dichotomy of being an artist and a faithful servant of the Lord. It seems like a no-win situation. To be confident enough to promote your work, risks the egotism that pushes away spirituality. To fail to seek the approval of the art world is to fail to communicate with your viewer. The task of doing one seems to make it impossible to do well at the other, making it unlikely one can do either task successfully.

Comment on States of Deseret is now available by William Morris

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:21:18 +0000

I don't know. It's a lot of time and money for not much monetary return (not that that's a primary consideration but I can only invest so much out of my own resources). Several people have suggested a Kickstarter, but the problem with Kickstarters is that you have to provide a lot of return in order to get pledges, which means they tend not to be as useful as they seem. Although I suppose if we kept the levels lean, it'd be a good way to judge the market because pledges are essentially pre-orders. Another route might be: if the AML is able to successfully revive its literary journal and is open to the idea, I'd love to edit a Mormon alternate history-themed issue.

Comment on States of Deseret is now available by Proud daughter of eve

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:48:28 +0000

This was fun. I wish I'd given it a shot too. Any chance you'll do another?

Comment on Remembering Jonathan Langford the critic by SteveP

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:27:08 +0000

He was a hero of mine. His critiques of my writing always improved it and I will certainly deeply miss his presence in that, and just his presence.

Comment on Remembering Jonathan Langford the critic by William Morris

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:25:14 +0000

I'm very much going to miss reading his stuff. He was working on a fantasy novel when he died that had some very interesting things going on with it.

Comment on Remembering Jonathan Langford the critic by Clark

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:14:54 +0000

Wow. I feel horrible. I didn't even know he'd died. I don't think I ever met him but I always loved reading his stuff.

Comment on States of Deseret is now available by William Morris

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:41:25 +0000

Thanks, Lee. One shouldn't respond to reviews, but I will say that I'm gratified that Grabriel got what we're doing with this anthology. And that reminds me: if any readers would be willing to review it on GoodReads and/or, that would be lovely.

Comment on States of Deseret is now available by Lee Allred

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:12:37 +0000

Review of the anthology over on the AML website:

Comment on My 2016 Whitney Awards ballot and observations by K.L.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:05:40 +0000

The New York Times's A.O. Scott re 2017 film version: "[ ... Screenwriter Allan Heinberg has...]synthesized a plausible modern archetype out of comic-book and movie sources that may have seemed problematic to modern sensibilities. Diana is erudite but unworldly, witty but never ironic, supremely self-confident and utterly mystified by the modern world. Its capacity for cruelty is a perpetual shock to her, even though she herself is a prodigy of violence. Her sacred duty is to bring peace to the world. Accomplishing it requires a lot of killing, of course, but that’s always the superhero paradox. [... The film ]gestures knowingly but reverently back to the jaunty, truth-and-justice spirit of an[...]older Hollywood tradition.[ ... ]"

Comment on My 2016 Whitney Awards ballot and observations by K.L.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:57:55 +0000

[Tangential threadjack, cont.; anecdotal evidence with regard mythic allure of famale protagonists' development of fantastic powers eg Stephanie Meyer's Bella's oddyssey toward marrying into a vampiric coven. Or ... the genesis of Wonder Woman. From Smithsonian magazine: "[ ... ]Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. ... Comic books were more or less invented in 1933 by Maxwell Charles Gaines[ .... ]To defend himself against critics [too much sexuality & violence--K.L.], Gaines, in 1940, hired [Dr. William Moulton] Marston as a consultant. “‘Doc’ Marston[...was ]a lawyer, a scientist and a professor. He is generally credited with inventing the lie detector test[. ... S]ince 'the comics’ worst offense was their blood-curdling masculinity,' Marston said, the best way to fend off critics would be to create a female superhero. 'Well, Doc,' Gaines said, '[ ... ]I’ll take a chance on your Wonder Woman! But you’ll have to write the strip yourself.'[ ... ]Marston[... explain[ed] the 'under-meaning' of Wonder Woman’s Amazonian origins in ancient Greece, where men had kept women in chains, until they broke free and escaped. 'The NEW WOMEN thus freed and strengthened by supporting themselves (on Paradise Island) developed enormous physical and mental power.' His comic, he said, was meant to chronicle “a great movement now under way—the growth in the power of women.'[ ... ]"