Every now and then I stumble upon a depressing song that grips me in some way, drawing me to like it enough to acquire it. The tune sort of becomes a reminder of what not to do with my life, something to avoid. One such song is “Stone” by Adam Again. The song was written […]Read more "I Gotta Get Up Early"
Happy Plethora Day weekend! April 18th is Plethora Day, the day the events in Plethora take place. Here’s a special post to commemorate the weekend. Also, there is something free at the end of this entry! When I started on Plethora, my fictional writing experience had been goofy mystery stories. As I sat down wanting to write […]Read more "“Plethora” and the Value of Fantasy"
The big emphasis in fiction these days is realism. Take any story and make it as realistic as possible. This often turns out to mean, “make it dark and gritty.” An example of this would be the recently released movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Over ten years ago, Batman got a gritty reboot in Batman […]Read more "Re-evaluating Realism in Fiction"
In 1910, G.K. Chesterton introduced an amateur detective who was also a Catholic priest named Father Brown. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, who used deductive reasoning and science to solve mysteries, Father Brown used rational thought and intuition into the human heart to unravel baffling crimes. In most of his stories, the setting is either a quaint […]Read more "Father Brown and the Absurdity of Truth"
In recent decades, books and movies have been released detailing experiences people claim to have had in which they died temporarily and went to heaven (case in point: Miracles from Heaven debuted this weekend). Whether or not these accounts are 100% credible is not my point for today, but rather to point out that people have […]Read more "Conceptions of Heaven in Dante’s “Paradiso”"
Reading through Dante’s Inferno was a hard task for me for a number of reasons. But one of the biggest roadblocks that hindered enjoying the work more was a sort of theological snobbery. I couldn’t help looking at Dante’s description of hell and noting how awful it was from a doctrinal/biblical standpoint. Who would really think […]Read more "Doctrine as Tapestry in Dante’s “Purgatorio”"
A couple years ago I picked up a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy and started reading through it one book a year. Having recently finished the collection, I’ll share my thoughts on the different sections over the next couple weeks. Dante’s Inferno opens on Dante (who is the main character) as he wanders through scary woods and chased by […]Read more "Wrestling with Dante’s “Inferno”"