I was over at Amazon.com the other day, trying to figure out someplace to post about my book in the Mormon community. I mean, I was able to find a couple of places to post in the Gay etc. community. Surely there ought to be a place to post in the Mormon community.
Except, not. Oh, sure, there’s a lot of activity over there, but it all really seems to amount to people screaming at each other about whether LDS doctrines and practices are justified. Which, okay, fine, if that’s your thing. Except that it’s really not mine — the whole virtual-shouting-at-people thing, I mean — and, hello? I think of Amazon.com as an online bookstore, not an online debating club. So how about some talk about books here, people?
So I decided to start my own thread about Mormon literature. My post started as follows:
I find it interesting — but somewhat frustrating — that this whole “community” seems focused on Mormon doctrine and practice. So I’d like to propose a thread that is NOT dedicated either to attacking Mormonism’s so-called errors or to witnessing for the LDS faith, but rather simply to talking about Mormon literature, and particularly GOOD Mormon literature.
And then I talked about the good stuff that’s out there in Mormon literature, and posted links to the Whitney Awards and the Association for Mormon Letters and A Motley Vision. I concluded with the following
Please feel free to chime in with book recommendations, website recommendations, or other thoughts about Mormon literature in general!
That was on Tuesday morning. As of right now (Wednesday evening) there have been two more posts. One was even about Mormon literature! So cool.
See, it’s an experiment. And it’s an effort at outreach on my part. Just a month or two ago, I was claiming on the Association for Mormon Letters website that the big challenge in Mormon letters was simply letting people know that Mormon literature exists — outside the rather small existing LDS literary community. (Though of course we make up in quality for what we lack in quantity.)
So it’s out there. Don’t know if it’ll go anywhere, but I’ve done my bit. Anyone else have some Mormon lit missionary stories they’d like to tell?