In which I write up a Transcendentalist children’s fantasy novel. For real!
In which those who can’t do teach, at AmCon! (And btw you really, really should read this piece by Michael Brendan Dougherty on growing up with a single mother.)
My take on Beasts of the Southern Wild. Spoilerrific so the short version is that it’s totally worth seeing!
but is worth skimming until it starts to get good. “If it weren’t already obvious, this isn’t a film that fetishizes courage in its ordinary sense.” And this: The paradoxical “changeable fate” is probably a familiar fantasy to most parents. That it stumped me for as long as it did I attribute partly my lack [...]
John Cheese is a writer for Cracked whom I have praised to you people many times. I linked to this piece in my AmCon piece about the problems with the “divorce counterrevolution” and I’ve linked several of his other marriage/parenting/family/uh… other stuff-related articles at MarriageDebate (which by the way you should all be following). Plus [...]
since the theme of Brave, which I saw last night, isn’t actually bravery at all. The Good: It’s so pretty! It’s a gloriously pretty movie, and the grisaille scene where the girl and her horse wander through a fog-hung, thorn-infested woods was chillingly beautiful. The visual humor is also adorable, and visual language is used [...]
Part of the Patheos Book Club–go and read the other posts on this book as well! My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, by Dawn Eden, is the first book I’ve read from a specifically Catholic perspective on healing from sexual abuse. I don’t come to this as [...]
my children’s-book column for Acculturated: I don’t know why anyone would ever want to rule a fantasy kingdom, or become an evil wizard, when you have to deal with countless irksome children giving you backchat. It seems that almost every kids’ fantasy written nowadays has a “spunky” hero or heroine: kids who speak their mind [...]