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Volume 14, Issue 2:

Old Man Willow:

In Praise of Escapism


Thema: Most Real Fantasy

Douglas Jones makes faces at those who dismiss "fantasy" as unreal and explores the Christian categories behind both the Tolkien and Potter stories.

"Harry Potter can't be a threat. Wizardry doesn't really work. And if your kids are really tempted to join a coven, then it's not a giant leap to say that you've failed miserably as a parent."

Poetics: The Lord of the Rings

Douglas Wilson discusses both the life of Tolkien and the Christian mythopoeic themes behind his Middle Earth.

"When literature like The Lord of the Rings is criticized, it is often attacked for being `escapist.' This means we should ask a question. What is being escaped from? As Tolkien once put it, the people who are so concerned about escapism do have a name—we call them jailers."

The Supporting Cast:

Verbatim: Quotations
People We Like

Childer: On Childrearing
Children and the Movies - Douglas Wilson

Flotsam: Jetsam
Wanna Save the World? - Nathan Wilson

Tohu: Bohu
The Meaning of Magic - Jared Miller

Stauron: On the Cross
Potter Knows Best? - Gary Hagen

Recipio: Taking Back Culture
Potter's Magic - Ben Merkle

Incarnatus : On Poetic Knowledge
Knowing is Story - Douglas Jones

Ex Libris
Reviews - Woelke Leithart


Also Rans:

Sharpening Iron: Letters to the Edtior
You All

The Cretan Times: New News
Douglas Jones

Anvil: Editorials
Douglas Wilson

Presbyterion: On Church Government
This is More of That - Douglas Wilson

Musica: On Perky Tunes
Liturgical Culture - Duck Schuler

Husbandry: For Husbands
Sexual Grumbling - Douglas Wilson

Femina: For Wives
The Postpartum Mother - Nancy Wilson

Poimen: Pastoral
Crocodile Tears- Joost Nixon

Virga: On Discipline
Squinting Across the Simile - Matt Whiltling

Strange Gods - Gregory Dickison

Liturgia: on Worrship
Do Not Forget the Levite - Peter Leithart

Cultura: On Culture
Potions? - Roy Atwood

Doctrine 101: Basic Christian Teaching
Syncristic Salvation - Patch Blakey

Historia: On History
Northumbrian Time Reckoning - Chris Schlect

Doctrine 101: Basic Christian Teaching
Helicopter Salvation - Patch Blakey

Meander: A River in Greece
Chonklit Cake- Douglas Wilson

Cave of Adullam: Mutterings Regnant
Pongo Throckmorton

Eschaton: Finale
Amillenial History - Jack Van Deventer

Footnotes, Etc.: Where We Got All This
Our Wonderful Sources



Similitudes: Stories with a Point
Stone Cherubim - Douglas Wilson

" `Welcome to my home,' the creature on the right side said. His voice sounded deep, like black gravel."

Pictura: A Story, not too Long
Babylonian Bowling - Ben Merkle

"Out in the fresh evening air of the summer she tried to collect her thoughts. She lit a cigarette and drew deeply. Just then another figure emerged from the same side door. It was Nergal-Sharezer, by far the quietest of the Babylonians."

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