Before reading on, know two things.
First, from this paragraph on, I will be assuming that you’ve either read The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier (ruhPEER) or don’t mind knowing its intimate details prior to picking it up.
Second, this post is not about the nice things I could say about the novel. Some of those things may creep in, but nice things was the purpose of my post over on the AML blog. This post is about the book’s flaws which I think are significant and interesting and worth talking about.
If you can handle that, then let’s move on. more
Like my last post, this is a review of an on-going work. Unlike Mormon X however, it’s probably unfair of me to review The Garden of Enid this early in its run; but since my review will be positive, I don’t feel too bad.
I first discovered the fictional blog Mormon X when it was only a few posts old. And here I need to leap into a disclaimer because although I did not make the connection for quite a while, I am personally acquainted the anonymous author of this blog—rather well, in fact. The first thing I did when I discovered Mormon X was rush to his Facebook page and leave a link for him.
But it didn’t occur to me that he was him because X, the eponymous blogger, is such a naif I was convinced he was written by an actual current BYU student. And whatever you might say about my friend, you cannot say he is neither naive nor a current BYU student.
Anyway, feel free to allow this information to color your opinion of my review if you are so inclined. more
As the iPlates Kickstarter draws to a close, that other Book of Mormon comic is getting into the action.
Compared to iPlates, Michael Mercer’s From the Dust is as equal in ambition as it is different in intention and execution. Michael’s also set a waaaay more ambitious goal. Will it work? I don’t know. I do think the Kickstarter model makes more sense for them than their previous model, and I do think From the Dust is likely to be popular with a larger group of people; however, I also suspect Mercer’s built-in network is smaller and less familiar with the Kickstarter model. So gathering in almost ten thousand more dollars strikes me as an iffy proposition.
Best of luck, though! I’ve pledged my $25. I would love to own the books.
Roy A. Prete has edited and Merrell has published a new coffee-table book titled The Mormons An Illustrated History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here’s the publisher’s pitch to make you want a copy:
From its establishment in 1830 in New York State, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to be a world religion with almost 15 million members in 150 countries. Mormons are so called on account of their belief in the Book of Mormon, which tells the story of the ancient people of America. The Mormons is the only illustrated history of its kind, and traces the faith from its foundation by Joseph Smith and the early days of intense persecution to the building of Salt Lake City under the leadership of Brigham Young and the massive expansion of the Church in the second half of the twentieth century. The book offers perspectives on the Church’s core values by those who practise the faith every day. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics – including the origins, beliefs and practices of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members – making this the perfect introduction to Mormonism, one of the fastest-growing Christian churches in the world.
•The only pictorial introduction of its kind on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
•Insightful contributions by Mormon scholars on the origins of the Church, its core beliefs and the lifestyle of its members
•With more than 250 colour photographs and drawings
The promotional fellow who sent me a copy suggested the volume ”should appeal to Mormons and non-Mormons alike.” He said so because I asked who the intended audience was. I asked who the intended audience was because I couldn’t figure it out just by looking. more
George Clooney, I’m told, uses his star power for good. That is, he makes a blockbuster—say, Ocean’s Thirteen—to keep his box-office mojo shiny, then spends that star capital on getting Burn After Reading made. Or The Perfect Storm so O Brother, Where Art Thou? can exist. The Coens, it would seem, owe megamovies a great debt.
Today’s readings are:
“The Class That Wouldn’t Die” by Joe Vasicek
“Three Different Mormon Futures” by Eric James Stone
“Avek, Who is Distributed” Steven L. Peck
“Release” by Wm Morris
“Waiting” by Katherine Cowley
and, if we have time, “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (free audio)
Please feel free to have your own seminar in the comments to this post.
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