“Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger 2′ takes on theaters”

A scene from the first "Crouching Tiger" film

  A Deseret News article by a brilliant young film writer: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613040/Netflix7s-6Crouching-Tiger-27-takes-on-theaters.html?pg=all#m3jD2PoOz6Fbb5m8.01   … [Read more...]

Another volume of “Interpreter” is now available in paperback and e-book!

Onwards and upwards

  http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/volume-11-now-available-for-ordering-in-paperback-and-e-book-formats/   … [Read more...]

“Celebrating BYU, Part Deux: Or Why I Am So ‘Divisive”

BYU Provo, nearing dusk

  Another interesting piece from my friend and colleague Ralph Hancock: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/2014/10/celebrating-byu-part-deux-or-why-i-am-so-divisive/   … [Read more...]

“Bike Ride”

Biking across a sandstone bridge

  I admire his courage, certainly, and his remarkable skill. ┬áBut I don't even aspire to do what he does -- and not merely because, particularly at this stage of my advanced out-of-shape geezerhood, I probably no longer have the potential capacity for it (if ever I did). In territory such as this -- the Scottish highlands -- I would rather walk, looking up and around and pausing and savoring the views, than pedal along with my eyes downward watching the path … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 25

The ancient City of Nephi?

  In today's reading, 2 Nephi 25, the prophet Nephi returns to speaking in his own voice -- and it's a voice very distinct from Isaiah's. Four brief observations: 1. In verses 1-7, Nephi explicitly contrasts his own approach with that of Isaiah, indicating that there was an Old World Jewish method of understanding prophecy -- a typological approach, perhaps, or a particular style of poetic analysis? -- that he had intentionally decided … [Read more...]

Some Islamic humanitarian organizations

LDS Charities and Islamic Relief in partnership

  Since some -- including, perhaps, even a few who comment on my blog -- seem to imagine that Islam is and has always been largely about terrorism and oppression, I thought it might be helpful, occasionally, to post some information about things that don't fit that uninformed stereotype. Here, for example, is a brief list of several Islamic charitable organizations: http://islam.about.com/od/activism/tp/charities.htm And here, … [Read more...]

A film critic who doesn’t hate “Meet the Mormons”!

A view of St. George

  But he's from Utah: http://www.madaboutmovies.org/meet-the-mormons/ Personally, by the way, I would welcome and would go to see a "Meet the Muslims" film -- and I think they badly need to do one.   … [Read more...]

A conference on temples, a week from today

A temple on the Snake

  Just a reminder that the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference is coming up a week from today, on 25 October 2014: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/events/2014-temple-on-mount-zion-conference/ Be there, or be . . . um, not there. Incidentally -- and (opinions vary) this is either an unfortunate conflict or a doubled incentive to make the trek to the BYU campus -- the 2014 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is also being held that day (along … [Read more...]