Tolkien, Fairy Stories, and Sub-creation

I was first introduced to Tolkien's The Hobbit when I was a pre-teen. At that point I was not familiar with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the movies had not yet premiered). I had the joy and privilege to experience this story with a blank slate, knowing nothing about the book besides the cover image. Thus I... Continue Reading →

11 Greatest (Fictitious) Villains

I was talking to one of my students today, and we were discussing a book he's reading, how much he hates a certain character, and how a sign of good story-telling is based upon how much we emotionally hate (secretly love how much we hate) the villain. Thus, my non-expert list of Top Eleven Greatest Villains.... Continue Reading →

Self-Realization

Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves. Zora Neale Hurston's character, Janie, said this at the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God. This next week is my last before receiving my third degree, this one in literature (the previous... Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye (and Understanding Home)

Home is one of the most powerful motifs I've ever found in literature or theology.  In my senior's English Literature class we're reading Robinson Crusoe (I needed something in our textbook that would hold their attention amidst senioritis better than old poetry they couldn't understand--remember, English isn't their first language). At the beginning of the story... Continue Reading →

…a little bit of honesty

Because I've tried to be more consistent and at least post once a week, and because I've spent this past week a bit sick and busy, and because frankly I just don't have a whole lot of time today, this post is a bit of a ramble. And a bit of honesty. Confession: I want... Continue Reading →

Faustus Makes a Deal with…Will Ferrell?

This week in my online Renaissance class we are reading Christopher Marlowe's famous play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. In the play Faustus makes a deal with the devil in exchange for a life of decadence for twenty-four years on earth. In addition to various other tasks, we were asked to analyze the continued effects... Continue Reading →

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