A Sense of Wonder: R.A. Lafferty’s “Strange Doings”

I first heard of R.A. Lafferty by reading Neil Gaiman. In his collection Fragile Things, Gaiman praises Lafferty as being one of the best short story writers in the world. Eager to find a new author I'd probably like, I looked up Lafferty's name in the library and found nothing. I looked it up on … Continue reading A Sense of Wonder: R.A. Lafferty’s “Strange Doings”

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Known In The World: Impressions of “Barracoon”

Zora Neale Hurston was a full ten years away from publishing her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, when she travelled to Alabama for one of her most significant works of anthropology: a series of interviews with a man named Oluale Kossola, called Cudjo Lewis in America. While the trafficking of slaves from … Continue reading Known In The World: Impressions of “Barracoon”

The Weird And The Real: A Review of “City of Saints And Madmen”

Growing out of the seeds sown by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter", then cultivated by H.P. Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness and M.R. James' ghost stories, the genre of "weird fiction" has emerged into its own over the last couple of decades, despite being so unclassifiable that it has the most … Continue reading The Weird And The Real: A Review of “City of Saints And Madmen”

The Chief Value of Legend: A Review of “The Ballad of the White Horse”

There was a time in Western literary history when stories were the exclusive domain of poetry; Homer, Virgil, and Ovid all sang their epics in verse and would probably never have dreamed of inventing the novel. Even after the development of prose fiction, Dante travelled through his Divine Comedy in terza rima, Shakespeare wrote his … Continue reading The Chief Value of Legend: A Review of “The Ballad of the White Horse”

In My Coracle of Verses: A Review of “Spirits In Bondage”

I was browsing through the shelves of our college's bookstore and discovered that HarperCollins has been reissuing their C.S. Lewis library in new paperback editions with some frankly rather beautiful covers. The books are classy, too, with French flaps and deckle-edged paper. I immediately began calculating excuses to replace the books by Lewis I already … Continue reading In My Coracle of Verses: A Review of “Spirits In Bondage”

Slow Revelation: A Review of “The Sparrow”

There seems to be a niche for a particular type of story: the suffering of Jesuit missionaries. There was Roland Joffé's 1986 film The Mission, Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel Silence (with a recent Martin Scorcese film adaptation), and here I am reviewing Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow. This could be well on its way to … Continue reading Slow Revelation: A Review of “The Sparrow”

The Source of All Knowing

This article originally appeared in the March 13, 2018 issue of Et Cetera, Regent College's student newspaper. The weekend was tough. A New Testament midterm meant that I didn’t have as much time to work on the Christian Thought & Culture paper, and I still had to do the weekly discussion question. Top things off … Continue reading The Source of All Knowing