I Am Scout

When I return to my hometown, I realize I am a fish out of water. I recognize the sights, the sounds, and the flavors, but they are no longer mine. There is an aesthetic, verbal, and all-around cultural disconnect. The experience is bittersweet.

Great Books

People occasionally ask me what they should read when they start reading literature again as an adult. Below are 35 volumes, most (though not quite all) of which are on many so-called "Great Books" listings (defined roughly as inexhaustible classics worthy of much enjoyment and study) which have been of great impact and pleasure in … Continue reading Great Books

The King James Bible as Literary Milestone

It is easy to forget what an enormous impact the King James Bible and the tradition of translations in the century before, all based on the original translation work of William Tyndale, had on the English language that we speak to this very day.

My Favorite Horror Literature

A few days ago, I asked what your favorite horror novels, short stories, collections, etc. were.  I quickly realized I could not limit this list to five, so I'm not even going to try.  My winners are... Novels Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. See my four-part series on this amazing novel. Bram Stoker, Dracula. Perhaps the novel … Continue reading My Favorite Horror Literature

Your Favorite Horror Literature?

Here's our next "audience participation number": What are your top five favorite horror novels or scary/supernatural stories (or collections thereof), and (optionally) why? This can be a bit broad. Oh, and these questions do, in fact, have a theological end.  Follow the Quotes of the Week that I'm posting this month to articles related to this. … Continue reading Your Favorite Horror Literature?

Fiction and Belief

"One of Hamlet's most famous lines in Shakespeare's play addresses this three-way confrontation between skepticism, uncertainty, and belief: 'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.'  In fact, I believe there is much more.  I also believe that part of the fallen human condition is that this … Continue reading Fiction and Belief

Developing Writing Style

"The way for a person to develop a style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that.  The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him.  I sometimes think … Continue reading Developing Writing Style