No Country for Old Men (2007) – Guest Reviewer Kenneth R. Morefield

Campbell University's Kenneth R. Morefield has just seen one of the films I'm most eager to see this autumn.Here's his review. (Thanks, Ken!)- There is a polished, poetic plainness to some of Cormac McCarthy’s prose in which his admirers might hear echoes of Flannery O’Connor but which usually leaves me exasperated. At its best, the prose can take on the quality of found poetry, intimating at deep truths that inform surface reality and invigorating tired clichés by reminding us of the se … [Read more...]

Auralia on the Over the Rhine Tour Bus

Just got a note from Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine: Auralia was my traveling companion all across Europe and the UK. Wow. Congrats on bringing her to life. I came home and immediately began reading The Hobbit — wanted to stay in a world somewhat reminiscent of Auralia's. So I'll be taking Gandalf to the West Coast for old time's sake. See you soon, Linford. Kinda freaks me out to think that Auralia toured the UK with OTR. Wow. Life's just full of surprises. … [Read more...]

“A Wrinkle in Faith” – Books and Culture on Madeleine L’Engle

John Wilson's Books and Culture newsletter brought back from the archives a 1998 essay focusing on Madeleine L'Engle to mark her passing last week.Madeleine L'Engle's journey has taken her to a rather peculiar array of roadside stops. How many Christian writers speak both from the pages of Ms. magazine and Today's Christian Woman, are invited to speak both by the Library of Congress and the Gaithers' Praise Gathering, and serve as writer-in-residence for Victoria magazine and for Regent … [Read more...]

A Colorful Review for “Auralia’s Colors”

What's better than a double Americano with your breakfast?A review like this, from the voracious book lover "SuperFastReader": Auralia's Colors is the first in a proposed series of four, to which I say, "Bring it."It's an astonishingly accomplished debut, and falls prey to none of the lazy traps to which fantasy writers are prone. The characters are strong, the concept and plot inventive and original, and the prose is lyrical....Auralia is a fresh creation, a character that I … [Read more...]


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