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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

Reading My Work at Waterline

Last April, I had the opportunity to read aloud at an author’s event, which got recorded! Here is me reading from Halfbreeds, Part 2, Chapter 7, “A Study in Humanity.” You can read along below if you like: Chapter Fifteen — A Study in Humanity Nappy was not caught up in the love fever that seemed to rage all through the village of Good. He had always been a calm, level-headed fellow, with a knack… Read More »Reading My Work at Waterline

My 2018 Reading List

In 2018, I read almost 50 books. Most of them I loved! I have a hard time finishing a whole book if I don’t absolutely love it. But there are a few that were less than wonderful, but that I still pushed through to the end. In the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting reviews for each of the books. This year, I’ll be trying to match, if not exceed, last years total. Update on… Read More »My 2018 Reading List

The QUEST of Genre

I have written about Romance, Internal Genre, Action/Adventure, etc, and the more I think about different types of stories, the more I am convinced that every story is attempting to solve one of 2 questions. 1 question is internal, the other is external. The QUEST is universal and exists in every story, because every story is attempting to solve 1 of 2 problems, and must do so through QUESTioning. There are 2 Basic Types of… Read More »The QUEST of Genre

Three Ways to Use Adjectives

I’ve written several ‘How To’ articles before, and I mean to keep up the trend! I’ve written about sentence structure, descriptions, etc., and now, I’m tackling adjectives! How to write concise and direct descriptions Descriptions are only as good as the words that go into them. I’ve had it pointed out to me recently that I tend to write in triplets of adjectives, which I do because I enjoy the sound of it so much:… Read More »Three Ways to Use Adjectives

Challenging Modern Conceptions about Little Women

In our latest episode, Elizabeth questions contemporary notions about the influences behind “Little Women”, including feminism and Louisa May Alcott’s father. Be Ye Warned: Listening to this podcast will reveal whether Jo and Laurie end up together, along with other mind-blowing and life-shattering spoilers. Read Little Women book review Listen to more episodes

Check out our new podcast!

Hey everyone! My brother Tim and I have been working behind the scenes all summer on an amazing project, and we’ve just launched it! Welcome to Literary Leviathans, hunting the great white whales of classic literature, a podcast about the great works of literature, what we think of them, and how they have impacted out lives! There are books that, when you read them, you are changed forever. We LOVE to read, especially the literary… Read More »Check out our new podcast!

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels. Ooooo-kay! In reading that line, I finally understand the long, rambling, un-plotted purpose for ALL THOSE LONG, loooong chapters about the anatomy of the whale! Had the subject of Moby Dick been a mutinous, blood-thirsty minnow,… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104