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.
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 … Continue reading Great Books
Everyone has favorite traditions for each holiday… What are your favorite movies, TV specials, music, and literature to enjoy in the days and weeks before Halloween and why?
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.
The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
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 … Continue reading My 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, … Continue reading Your Favorite Horror Literature?
“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 … Continue reading Fiction and Belief
“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 … Continue reading Developing Writing Style
“This genre deals more overtly with the supernatural than any other genre, it tackles issues of good and evil more than any other genre, it distinguishes and articulates the essence of good and evil better than any other genre…”
“This word–this idea of Art as creation is, I believe, the one important contribution that Christianity has made to aesthetics. Unfortunately, we are apt to use the words “creation” and … Continue reading Contributing “Art”
“To a child a song may glow like a nightlight in a scary bedroom…”