Here’s the elevator pitch for Millstone City: “Two Mormon missionaries stumble into the City of God—-will they survive?”
And that’s a pretty good pitch, but it misrepresents the feel of the book. If you’ve seen City of God you know how terrible and sick its violence makes you feel:
The film offers little comfort to viewers uncomfortableÂ with their own complicity in the on-screen violence, or thoseÂ seeking a ‘ray of hope’ in the narrative. Meirelles introducesÂ alternatives to violence, only to then dismiss or disempowerÂ those alternatives. City of God breaks with audienceÂ expectations by presenting no viable moral choice. TheÂ allegory of the chicken’s Â dilemma—“if you run away theyÂ get you and if you stay they get you too”—illustrates theÂ film’s fatalism, a fatalism that is not only ascribed to Rocket,Â but impressed upon the viewer throughout the film. Â [source]
I recently prepared a Christmas package for my missionary son and hit upon the idea of searching past Ensign magazines for missionary Christmas stories to add to the package. I’m not sure if these stories are typical of other missionary Christmas stories, but I can say that the stories I found included two broad themes: stories of missionaries caroling (or giving other musical performances) and stories of missionaries overcoming loneliness. [I do believe there are other themes in these stories, I just didn’t come across them in my very limited search.] more →
I follow a number of self-publishing email lists, full of authors either trying to get their manuscript accepted by a publisher or trying to publish and sell the manuscript themselves. Despite the almost uniform lack of financial success among these authors, nearly every author is in the middle of writing a new manuscript.