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What Should I Read?

A couple weeks ago, I received this note from one of my students: Professor, I mentioned the idea of getting your recommendation for five of your favorite books that I need to read before I die. I know you are most likely slammed with reading and grading so take […]

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Five Facts about C. S. Lewis

I was given ten minutes to name the top five facts that everyone should know about C. S. Lewis. I complied, and my answers were put into a blender with those of Dave Horner and published in this article: http://www.christianpost.com/news/c-s-lewis-top-10-facts-everyone-should-know-about-one-of-the-intellectual-giants-of-the-20th-century-109299/ Here’s their top-ten list of Lewis Facts: 1. Lewis […]

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Reviewer’s Comments on The Hobbit: DoS

“Feels like a chore rather than a source of entertainment and/or enlightenment. “For the love of God, just end it already. “An occasionally exciting yet mostly lumbering sequel that proves you can indeed have too much of a good thing. “It often feels like the movie's title character is marginalized […]

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Our Black Friday Tradition

I read in the news today that a man had been stabbed in the Walmart parking lot. I find it appalling, the jostling and trampling and urgency of shopping that follows close on the heels of our National Day for Giving Thanks. But that isn’t the reason for […]

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Invitation to a Smackdown

I'm delighted that Doug Jackson discovered The Company They Keep and took time to review it in his blog: http://awineskininthesmoke.blogspot.com/ Jackson summarizes the book this way: "Diana Glyer's The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community argues, in the face […]

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Promises to My Creative Self

In my senior seminar class, students study the creative process, then create an artifact to help them to remember how they want to live their lives. One of my students designed a poster, and this is what it said: Promises I Swear To Keep To My Creative Self 1) […]

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Are You a Writer?

When do you know that you are --really-- a writer? When you see a picture of your book on Amazon? When you win a writing award? When you actually hold your first published article in your actual hand? When you get your first fan letter? When wikipedia decides that you are "notable" When […]

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Creative Conversations at Petoskey High School

This morning, I visited an English class at Petoskey High School. We talked about how Tolkien pursued his private hobby of invented languages, and how he expressed his creative world in poetry and myth. We looked at his friendship with C. S. Lewis and considered the implications […]

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Tolkien Reads “The Tale of Tinuviel”

In my lecture this weekend, I'll talk about Tolkien's poem "The Tale of Tinuviel." Here is a link to a recording of Tolkien reading that incomparable poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDgJwcJcVk&feature=related "The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was […]

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Wade Center Lecture: CSL & JRRT

Wheaton College and the good folks at the Wade Center do a *GREAT* job of introducing speakers. This press release comes from their website: October 20, 2010 Author Diana Glyer to Speak at the Wade Center on “C.S. Lewis’s Fingerprints on the Map of Middle-Earth” Author Diana Pavlac Glyer, […]

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