It took me a few go-rounds to get through That Hideous Strength, the last of C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy. The beginning was so mundane and the character of Jane Studdock so depressed that I found it hard to care enough to keep reading. Then, the ideas behind the novel are, I think, more interesting … Continue reading Does Merlin Get the Last Word?
I recently came across Madame d’Aulnoy’s “Graciosa and Percinet” a few months back, when I was reading Phantastes and looking up the various fairy tales mentioned in the course of the book (it can be found in Andrew Lang’s “The Red Fairy Book” as a free download on ProjectGutenberg). I had never heard of this … Continue reading A Fairy Tale for Modern Sensibilities
“Some people are like weeds—annoying organisms whose value has not yet been discovered.” Scattermureyn Kadorphi Many times in writing we encounter sentences, scenes, or characters that feel like weeds, and we want to pull them out instantly; they’re pesky, overgrown, straggly, and generally unbecoming. However, these “weeds” can often grow into beautiful, stately, useful story … Continue reading Weeds, Words, and Writing Advice