Make Good Art and Do The Work: What Donald Michael Kraig and Neil Gaiman Have To Say About The Great Work

Donald Michael Kraig

I've been thinking about The Great Work lately. It's such a grandiose thing to say: I'm sitting here mulling over The Great Work. You should try saying it sometime with just a note of irritation in your voice and a steely, arched eyebrow. Preferably at Starbucks as you're waiting in line.Apparently I'm not the only one. It's not an unusual bit of magic for me to pop onto social media, check my RSS readers and rummage through my e-mail only to find someone else's thoughts running in a similar … [Read more...]

Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon saga, and it's grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle's quote from The Wicker Tree: "Can fate be altered? This is a question that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No."I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any s … [Read more...]


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