Friday, November 16, 2018

H. Rider Haggard: Northern Lights and Valkyries

  By Kenny Chumbley   Before Indiana Jones, there was Allan Quatermain; before The Last Jedi, there was King Solomon’s Mines;and before the 1958 swashbuckler, The Vikings,...

The Eight Memes of the Postmodern Mystery – By Ted Gioia

  What do postmodern writers have against the mystery novel?  For reasons that perhaps only a Lacan or Derrida could deconstruct, they have turned to it again...

When Jean-Paul Sartre Cured Existential Angst with a Jazz Record – By Ted...

  A Look Back at Sartre's Nausea   Philosophers can be incisive storytellers—and have been since the earliest days of the discipline. The most memorable passages in...

Charles Kingsley : “Tomfoolery with a Serious Purpose”

  By Kenny Chumbley   No one familiar with Victorian literature would rate Charles Kingsley’s books among the very best except, maybe, his children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies. Charles Kingsley...

Money-Changers in the Temple: Evil Bankers in Literature and Film – By Tim Wenzell

  “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies” –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Taylor, May 28,...

Lewis Carroll and Nonsense – By Kenny Chumbley

                       “It sounds uncommon nonsense.” The Mock Turtle      Among the storied authors of children’s...

George MacDonald and Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

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The Formula for Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

  All fairy tales are fantasy, but not all fantasies are fairy tales. Fairy tales require fairy folk (elves, gnomes, etc.). The Three Little Pigs...

The Personality of Phantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

              My qualifications for writing about fantasy literature/fairy tales are slight. As a child, I wore out the Whitman...

Time to Rise – Cli-Fi and the Responsibility of New Visions – By Jim...

  Cli-Fi cuts too close to home. Climate Fiction isn’t exactly speculative fiction or science fiction. It is the right here, right now. Our destructiveness...
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