RE: [mythsoc] Re: Landscape With Dragons
- Hi folks,
Perhaps one point worth some attention in all of this is that O'Brien is
writing for Christian parents. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his
premises and conclusions, he seems interested in helping Christian
parents navigate the fantasy culture in modern society. I have not read
the book, but I have read some reviews online, and his work seems
helpful for those Christian parents who express concern about the
fantasy culture today (and there are many out there who do express this
concern). If they can become more informed and thoughtful about the
value of reading Tolkien and Co., perhaps O'Brien is doing good service
for the cause.
It seems that O'Brien's focus is pastoral (or giving counsel, if you
will). This is probably not the book to buy if you are looking for
critical literary perspectives. There are those Christians who would
disagree with O'Brien from opposite viewpoints. That's okay and
probably healthy, too. I have yet to read a single book on the Inklings
that got it all correct. That guarantees there will be more, which is a
good thing, in my opinion.
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- Hello fellows:
I've been off-list for some time. One reason is that
I've been looking after an early Mythopoeic personage,
Jon Lackey. He was the producer of the "Greater
Trumps" masque that was mounted at
the second Mythcon in 1971. He had been in ill health
for much of this previous year.
I'm sorry to report that he passed away on February
26th of cancer.
He was an enormous influence on my life, as well as
many others. He was involved with the very
first campaign to produce a film of "Rings" in 1957.
A major contributor to the SCA, LASFS, a tutor and
mentor to many, RenFair performer, artist, sculptor,
costumer, composer, and so much more.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might
have known him, and have them contact me
as regards a planned memorial.
Bonnie S. Callahan