Podcasts – The Tolkien Professor

Following from the post on some of my favorite history podcasts, I want to let you know about some of my favorite literary podcasts. Today, it’s The Tolkien Professor!   The Tolkien Professor by Dr. Corey Olsen http://tolkienprofessor.com/ iTunes listing Episode length: expect 1 – 2 hours, depending on the series Look, if you’re aContinue reading “Podcasts – The Tolkien Professor”

Book Meme 2012

Remembering the great fun that came of last year’s 30-Day Book Meme, the Ladies of The Egotist’s Club have started another one and invited me to join. Except this one is a little different. There are ten topics, and the idea is to write on one topic a week—thus, the project should take ten weeks,Continue reading “Book Meme 2012”

On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5

Unfortunately, this will be my last post in Lewis’ book, at least for the time being. Why? The book is due back to the library tomorrow and I’ve already renewed it twice. But weep not, my friends! For this is one of the more important chapters for understanding what people like Lewis, Tolkien, and MacDonaldContinue reading “On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5″

Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4

Chapter 4 The Reading of the Unliterary Each art is itself and not some other art. Words mean things in a way that musical notes do not. So while the best appreciation of a symphony may be to attend to the intricacy of the notes themselves, even apart from the subjective meanings they suggest toContinue reading “Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4”

The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3

The first demand any work of any art makes upon us is surrender.  Chapter 3 How the Few and the Many Use Pictures and Music By way of expanding the uses of his theory, and of providing more varied examples, Lewis begins noting how the “many” tend to approach visual arts and music in aContinue reading “The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3”

“False Characterizations”: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 False Characterizations Having used the terms “the many” and “the few” to refer to the two broad groups of readers – those who use books for some purpose and those who receive each book for what it is – Lewis immediately points out the many false connotations the terms may have. We mustContinue reading ““False Characterizations”: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 2″

“The Last Voyage of Eärendel” by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the first poem written by Tolkien about the character of Eärendil, the famous voyager who in Middle-Earth mythology carried the morning star on his brow across the sky. Interestingly enough, the character’s name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Éarendel, a name associated with the star Rigel in Orion, which is a wandering starContinue reading ““The Last Voyage of Eärendel” by J.R.R. Tolkien”

Book Meme Day 2: Book I’ve Read More Than 3 Times

This was a difficult one because, although I am a frequent re-reader, I can’t be sure I’ve ever reread a book four times or more. Many books I have read three times, but I usually like to let some time pass before I return to the same story. However, there is one book from myContinue reading “Book Meme Day 2: Book I’ve Read More Than 3 Times”