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Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

I LOVE this chapter! Tim and I did a podcast episode on it when he read it for the first time. I feel like it’s one of those you have to read every three years or so. I read it all the way through at the beginning of 2019 – I think. I’ll have to check my goodreads Reading Challenge list… But I read it recently, and I feel like Ben from Parks and Rec:… Read More »Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read

Some classics are obviously Christmas themed, while others on this list merely bear a passing reference to them, but all these books are imbued with the ‘spirit of Christmas present’ deep in their pages and, like Scrooge, live that spirit all year round! 1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe In an unending winter, Father Christmas brings hope where there is none; and yet, in the true christian spirit, he can only come to… Read More »4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read

All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Another story in Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge, “Parker’s Back” is the narrative of Parker, a young man married to a very bitter and ugly wife, who had an experience of the transcendent when he was young that he has been chasing ever since. He is finally confronted by it in an image of Christ that he has tattooed on his back, and he expects this image to connect… Read More »All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Everything that Rises Must Converge

By Flannery O’Connor We've been creating podcast episodes regularly for awhile now, but I've been negligent about blog posts and emails to accompany them, so I will be doing that once a week now until I'm caught up!This podcast is part of our initiative to read more of the greatest books ever written, discuss them, and better understand them. We invite you to join us in our quest after the leviathans of literature.  Tim: Everything that… Read More »Everything that Rises Must Converge

How to Throw a Literary Fantasy Book Launch Party

I’m back! After a month-long sabbatical and full site overhaul, I am finally back to write deeply and fill the world with wonder! A little side note, before plunging into the meaty material: I have been sending out surveys recently, and according to the feedback I received, the content I provide that you are all most interested in receiving is ‘writing advice’ and ‘classic book reviews.’ Which is great, because that’s what I love too!… Read More »How to Throw a Literary Fantasy Book Launch Party

Literary Fantasy Character Quiz

How well do you know these famous literary fantasy characters? After you submit your results, check your email to see what your score is! 25 or Lower Oooh! You must be a reading newbie. You need to stock up on some more fantasy literature. 🙂 50-75 Not too shabby. You’ve got the makings of a real classics aficionado! 😉 You might just want to indulge in the classics a bit more with some literary podcast… Read More »Literary Fantasy Character Quiz