Mormon Interest: Not Just C.S.Lewis, but Chaim Potok

Normally, when Mormons are mentioned in the weekly Jewish newspaper, The Forward, it has to do with the Baptism for the Dead of Holocaust victims. But the current issue finds a Mormon interest in author Chaim Potok, citing none other than the “expert on Mormon arts and culture” William Morris.

Reverence vs Chutzpah

. From Jews and Words (2012) by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberg: We know you’ve heard this one before, but please bear with us: So a Jewish grandmother walks on a beach with her beloved grandson when a big wave suddenly sweeps the boy underwater. “Dear God Almighty,” cries Grandma, “how can you do this … Continue reading “Reverence vs Chutzpah”

Whitney YA Speculative Finalists 2012

Here’s my second (and given the timing, probably final) installment on this year’s Whitney finalists, following my earlier post on middle grades finalists. I’ll remind you of my two caveats: spoiler alert, and opinionated reader alert. Feel free to chime in with your own opinions.

My First AMV Post

  I was happy when Wm approached me become a blogger on A Motley Vision. I have lurked on the blog for several years and, for the last few, actually commented. My poetry has been featured on Wilderness Interface Zone and in several of the LDS periodicals. My first novel, Lightning Tree, was published last … Continue reading “My First AMV Post”

Sundry Moldy Solecisms # 2 Thinking to Thank the Jews and Thank the Jews For

Title: The New Covenant, Commonly Called The New Testament: Volume I The Gospels and Apocalypse Translator: Willis Barnstone Publisher: New York: Riverhead Books Genre: Scripture Year Published: 2002 Number of Pages: 577 Binding: Hardbound in signatures ISBN10: 1-57322-182-1 Price: Title: The Jewish Annotated New Testament: New Revised Standard Version Editors: Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi … Continue reading “Sundry Moldy Solecisms # 2 Thinking to Thank the Jews and Thank the Jews For”

A Q&A with Robert Goble author of Across A Harvested Field

Robert Goble’s novel Across A Harvested Field (Amazon |  Parables) won the Marilyn Brown unpublished novel award earlier this year. Before we get to the interview, here’s the back cover blurb so you have a sense of what the novel is about (and also note its spiffy new cover art): “To Jordan Fairchild, the dark-haired … Continue reading “A Q&A with Robert Goble author of Across A Harvested Field”

Reflecting on a Mormon Renaissance: Reactions to _Out of the Mount: 19 from New Play Project_, Part One

PART ONE: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS I’ve had an interesting and fruitful relationship with New Play Project over the past several years. They have helped me produce three of my plays (including two of my favorite pieces, The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun), and were excellent collaborators, critics, visionaries, and artisans.  However, although I count many … Continue reading “Reflecting on a Mormon Renaissance: Reactions to _Out of the Mount: 19 from New Play Project_, Part One”

A bunch of links: post-July 4th edition

It’s time to highlight some things that have come across my transom lately with a heavy slant towards those associated with AMV in some capacity or another. LDS Cinema Online and the new Prop. 8 documentary Kevin has posted an in-depth review of “8: The Mormon Proposition” that actually finds a few things to like … Continue reading “A bunch of links: post-July 4th edition”

Writing Mormon Literature for a non-Mormon Audience

Note: This started as an entry for my personal/book blog, which focuses primarily (so far) on No Going Back and its reception. However, I quickly realized that what I was writing was taking a far more theoretical/literary direction. So I decided to cross-post it here, with apologies if needed, on the theory that I’d love … Continue reading “Writing Mormon Literature for a non-Mormon Audience”